Meeting: Trees of the Chiricahua Mountains— Biology- Ecology and Drought Adaptations.
Dates: October 7, 2019 - October 11, 2019
Time: All Day
Sponsor: UCANR Ventura County
Location: Southwestern Research Station
The sky islands are a group of mountain ranges in Southeastern Arizona that are isolated from each other by desert lowland scrub and grassland plant communities. The unique warm and wet climate, relative isolation of these ranges, their unique geological history, and the alternating dry and wet patterns stimulate the development of biodiversity hot spots. The Chiricahua Mountain range is the largest of the sky islands and is the home of the South Western Research Station (SWRS). Trees in these mountains are adapted to hot and dry climates and to heavy summer rain as well as occasional winter rain. These qualities make them ideal for study as candidates for cultivation in arid landscapes.
The Chiricahuas also offer us a laboratory to examine tree adaptations and natural history up close. The high species diversity, unique landforms, soils, abundance of insects and animals, and sheer beauty of this part of South Eastern Arizona are unlike anything else in the world.
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