Southwestern Desert Resources

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William Lee Halvorson, Cecil R. Schwalbe, Charles Van Riper
University of Arizona Press, 2010 - Nature - 360 pages
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The southwestern deserts stretch from southeastern California to west Texas and then south to central Mexico. The landscape of this region is known as basin and range topography featuring to “sky islands” of forest rising from the desert lowlands which creates a uniquely diverse ecology. The region is further complicated by an international border, where governments have caused difficulties for many animal populations.

This book puts a spotlight on individual research projects which are specific examples of work being done in the area and when they are all brought together, to shed a general light of understanding the biological and cultural resources of this vast region so that those same resources can be managed as effectively and efficiently as possible. The intent is to show that collaborative efforts among federal, state agency, university, and private sector researchers working with land managers, provides better science and better management than when scientists and land managers work independently.

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William Halvorson is a research ecologist with the with the U.S. Geological Survey's Southwest Biological Science Center at the Sonoran Desert Research Station. He is also a faculty member at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at The University of Arizona.

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