Brush Management Workshop 1

Santa Rita Experiment Range, Florida Station

January 22, 2018 – 8:00am – 3:00pm


“Historical Perspectives and Current Trends: Brush and Woody Species Management and Environmental Conditions on Southwestern Grasslands”


image from workshop

Photo credit: Dan Robinett

image from workshop

Photo credit: Dan Robinett


8:00am: Coffee and check in


8:30am – 8:45am: Introduction and logistics – Mary Miller (AVCA) and George Ruyle (UA)


8:45am – 9:15am: History and current status of the SRER (Mark Heitlinger, SRER)


9:15am – 9:45am: Grasslands and mesquite on the SRER, a historic perspective (Mitch McClaran and Elise Gornish, UA SNRE)


9:45am – 10:15am: Vegetation change and mesquite control in Southeastern Arizona (Dan Robinett, retired NRCS)


10:15am – 10:30am: Break


10:30am – 11:00am: Vegetative changes in Chihuahuan desert grasslands in New Mexico (Amy Ganguli, NMSU)


11:00am – 11:30am: Southwestern climate trends (Mike Crimmins, UACE)


11:30am – 12:00pm    DISCUSSION - Morning Q&A

12:00pm – 1:00pm      Lunch


12:30pm – 1:00pm      Video; Common Ground (Cody Sheehy, UA)


1:00pm – 3:00pm        Field Trip (Mitch McClaran); Wrap Up (Sarah King and Kyle Thompson (AVCA)


Project team: George Ruyle, Mary Miller, Sarah King, Kyle Thompson, Barbara Hutchinson, Sheila Merrigan

Note:  This series of workshops is funded through a grant from the Western SARE Professional Development Program; and organized by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance, and the Rangelands Partnership.