Southwestern Deserts

September, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Plants, Water, People
The Arizona Native Plant Society Annual Conference, October 1-3, at the Lake Pleasant Desert Outdoor Center in Peoria, Arizona, will focus on the survival of the desert's unique plants in the midst of booming development and extended drought. Topics include the relationship between native plants and wildlife, landscaping with native plants, the effect of drought on our landscape, and managing threatened and endangered species in Arizona. Speakers include Robert Ohmart and John Alcock, ASU; Brian Nowicki, Center for Biological Diversity; and author Mary Irish. For information, visit: http://www.aznps.org/

Books

Desert Plant Field Guide
Cacti, other Succulents, and Unusual Xerophytes of Southern Arizona, by Matthew Brian Johnson (Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 2004; $9.95), is a pocket-sized field guide covering 83 native plants. Non-technical descriptions cover where plant populations are typically found, tips to distinguish species, and historical uses of the plants. Color photos show plants in habitat as well as close-ups of flowers.

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