Southwestern Deserts

July, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

Project Wild
Sponsored by the Council for Environmental Education, Project Wild is a program that provides conservation and environmental education materials and training to teachers. Each state has a coordinator, usually sponsored by game and fish or natural resource departments, and facilitators who hold workshops and provide regionally specific information.

Books

The Cactus Family
Author Edward F. Anderson researched cacti for more than 45 years, most recently with the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ. His book, The Cactus Family, (Timber Press, 2001; $99.95), containing 776 pages and weighing in at several pounds, isn't summer-at-the-beach reading. However, Anderson produced probably the definitive reference work on cacti, containing descriptions of 125 genera and 1,810 species. Although scholarly in tone, the text is approachable for any cacti enthusiast or plant lover. There are intriguing chapters on the distinctive features of cacti (spines, flowers, growth forms, distribution); ethnobotany (how cacti were traditionally used by native people), and conservation efforts of this unique genus. The book also includes a detailed chapter on cultivation contributed by Roger Brown. Excellent photographs, many of them shot in the wild, aid in identification and inspire you to start trekking across the desert just to see what you might find.

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