Stewardship in the Southwest Borderlands

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By Molly McCormick, Borderlands Restoration, Patagonia, AZ Imagine yourself walking in the Sonoran Desert grasslands of Southeast Arizona, USA. It’s monsoon season—a time when thunderheads bring quick downbursts of rain, when golden grasslands morph into a green frenzy of life. The grasses are in bloom: the slender side-oats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) stand tall with bowing seed heads, sprangletop (Leptichloa dubia) seems to leap up and shoot in all directions like a team of gymnasts doing acrobatics and the fluffy fingers of cane bluestem (Bothriochloa barbinodis) release a smell like blueberries. The grass fills in a larger habitat speckled with velvet mesquite … Continue reading

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