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  • The allure of the gnarled

    It took a while, but the writer eventually came to see the strange, harsh beauty of the gnarled old pinon and juniper trees in Canyon Country

  • Scientists and the city

    Scientists working in the relatively new field of urban ecology study cities like Phoenix, seeking to gain knowledge that will help all cities as the West gets warmer

  • Bonfire of the Superweeds

    In Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, good intentions are responsible for the introduction of exotic buffelgrass – but all the good intentions in the world may not be enough to save the desert now that this invasive and fire-prone plant is spreading

  • Birds can only fly so far

    Birds can only fly so far

    The birds in California’s Joshua Tree National Park will need human help to survive climate change.

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    Environmentalists are arguing passionately over large-scale solar development on California's Mojave Desert.

  • Stalking the boojum in the Sonoran Desert

    Sonoran Desert Plants: An Ecological Atlas is a revised and expanded edition of a classic botanical guide

  • Developer under fire for destroying desert

    Developer George Johnson is being sued by the state of Arizona for major violations of environmental laws, committed in the early stages of his planned La Osa Ranch development

  • Getting under the desert’s skin: Biologist Jayne Belnap

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