Monthly Archives: November 2015

Different biomes

One of the few places where you can drive from Mexico to Canada in about a half hour is Mount Lemmon near Tucson, at least you can pass through the biomes on your way up. As you make the vertical … Continue reading

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David and Gladys Wright house in Phoenix

Frank Lloyd Wright had lots of good ideas but most didn’t work well. The irony is that he claimed to want to build houses for the common man and used inexpensive materials to do so, but demanded everything be essentially … Continue reading

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The Riparian Preserve in Gilbert, Arizona

The Riparian Preserve in Gilbert, Arizona was set up as a place to protect wildlife, but also – and maybe more importantly – to recharge local aquifers. Several shallow ponds are flooded to give treated wastewater and occasional runoff a … Continue reading

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Casa Grande

Visited Casa Grande, the oldest national archeologically park in the U.S. The people her practiced irrigated agriculture, using water from the Gila River. It was evidently a fairly prosperous community, with a population perhaps as much as 20,000, but was … Continue reading

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Ira Hayes

We went to the memorial in Sacaton, Arizona honoring Ira H. Hayes and Mathew B. Juan. Ira Hayes was one of the Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jimi. Mathew Juan was the first Arizonian to be killed in … Continue reading

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Way Down Upon the Swanee River

“Old Folks at Home” – Way Down Upon the Swanee River used to be the state song of Florida, but the Suwanee (the original spelling) actually starts in Georgia. Stephen Foster had never visited the river or knew anything about … Continue reading

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Solar energy in North Carolina

Solar energy can be a really bad idea. I found this new solar installation along US 1. It is worse than a parking lot. I suppose the solar produces power, but it displaces forest. When you clear cut a pine … Continue reading

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Improving forest genetics

In my earlier post, I was talking about some of the things l learned about forestry genetics. There is a consortium dedicated to aggregating the information, linked below. Each year, we plant 820 million loblolly pine in the South. When … Continue reading

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Forestry business

The forestry business has changed remarkably in the last ten years. Gone are the vertically integrated paper and timber firms that once owned and managed vast tracts of land. They sold this off to private owners: organizations like TIMOs, which … Continue reading

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