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    Author(s): Thomas E. Sheridan
    Date: 2003
    Source: In: McClaran, Mitchel P.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Edminster, Carleton B., tech. coords. Santa Rita Experimental Range: 100 years (1903 to 2003) of accomplishments and contributions; conference proceedings; 2003 October 30-November 1; Tucson, AZ. Proc. RMRS-P-30. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 101-110.
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Description

    The Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER) is both an archive of past ecological research and a laboratory for continuing research embedded in the southern Arizona landscape. The scientific questions being asked there have changed over the last 100 years, but SRER with its monitoring stations and its legacy of repeat photography still offers a unique opportunity to study environmental change through time. Now that it belongs to the State of Arizona, however, the Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) could conceivably sell it for commercial development if the Arizona legislature were to revoke its special status for "ecological and rangeland research purposes" administered by the University of Arizona. As metro Tucson, Green Valley, and Sahuarita continue to experience explosive growth, State Trust Lands are being auctioned off to real estate developers. Pima County's Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan is attempting to preserve biodiversity, open space, cultural resources, and working ranches throughout eastern Pima County. The Santa Rita Experimental Range provides one of the best opportunities to do so on State Trust Lands in the upper Santa Cruz Valley.

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    Sheridan, Thomas E. 2003. Archive and laboratory embedded in the landscape: Future of the Santa Rita Experimental Range. In: McClaran, Mitchel P.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Edminster, Carleton B., tech. coords. Santa Rita Experimental Range: 100 years (1903 to 2003) of accomplishments and contributions; conference proceedings; 2003 October 30-November 1; Tucson, AZ. Proc. RMRS-P-30. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 101-110.

    Keywords

    long-term research, livestock grazing, vegetation, soils, erosion, cultural resources

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