2011 Monument Fire in southern Arizona

Studying Resilience in Southwestern Forests

Friday, April 17, 2015

by Paulina Jenney

University of Arizona researcher Donald Falk and his students are studying hundreds of plots in southwestern mountain ranges to understand why some forests bounce back from devastating wildfires while others give way to grassland and shrubs.

The goal of his project, he said, is to provide guidance to park and forest managers faced with restoring post-fire landscapes, or allowing other species to move in.

March Southwest Climate Outlook Released

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Precipitation: In the past 30 days, precipitation was below average in much of southern Arizona, above average in portions of northern Arizona and southern New Mexico, and near normal across much of the rest of the region (Fig. 1). Precipitation totals for the water year (since Oct. 1) are below average across all of Arizona and most of New Mexico and are even worse in other western areas; California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Intermountain West are recording significantly below-average winter precipitation (Fig. 2).


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