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Sustaining the Grassland Sea

Regional Perspectives on Identifying, Protecting and Restoring the Sky Island Region’s Most Intact Grassland Valley Landscapes


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2013, Sustaining the Grassland Sea: .


Grasslands of the Sky Islands region once covered over 13 million acres in southeastern Arizona and adjacent portions of New Mexico, Sonora, and Chihuahua. Attempts to evaluate current ecological conditions suggest that approximately two thirds of these remain as intact or restorable grassland habitat. These grasslands provide watershed services such as flood control and aquifer recharge across the region, and continue to support dozens of species of concern. Prioritizing conservation interventions for these remaining grassland blocks has been challenging. Reliable data on condition and conservation value of grasslands in the region have not been systematically summarized. State and national boundaries further complicate efforts to [...]


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The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

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conference7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts
noteBodner, Gitanjali S.; Warren, Peter; Gori, David; Sartor, Karla; Bassett, Steven. 2013. Sustaining the grassland sea: Regional perspectives on identifying, protecting and restoring the Sky Island region's most intact grassland valley landscapes. In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Collins, Loa C., comps. 2013. Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings. RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.
valueU.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
valueFort Collins, Colorado, USA

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