A Rapid Biological and Ecological Inventory and Assessment of the Cajon Bonito Watershed, Sonora, Mexico. Part 1: Natural History

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Title:
A Rapid Biological and Ecological Inventory and Assessment of the Cajon Bonito Watershed, Sonora, Mexico. Part 1: Natural History
Author:
Hunt, Robert; Anderson, Walter
Affiliation:
Environmental Studies Program, Prescott College
Publisher:
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Journal:
Desert Plants
Rights:
Copyright © Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona.
Collection Information:
Desert Plants is published by The University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. For more information about this unique botanical journal, please email the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Publications Office at pubs@cals.arizona.edu.
Issue Date:
Dec-2002
Abstract:
Cajon Bonito is a perennial stream that drains the western watershed of the Sierra San Luis, Sonora, Mexico. The Sierra San Luis is one of dozens of mountain ranges that are referred to as "sky islands" in a region called the Madrean Archipelago. This landscape exhibits an enormous array of habitats and environments that has made it one of the "mega-biodiverse regions" of the planet. I discuss the unique setting and qualities that make Cajon Bonito one of the most crucial and robust corridors in this sky island archipelago. The information and data that support this conclusion were gathered using a unique set of protocols and field methodologies referred to as Rapid Inventory and Assessment (RAP). I have modified a plant species inventory field method, the variable transect, that was developed for use in the tropics, and I have applied it in the habitats of the Southwest. I have also streamlined the method so that it can be used by a single observer instead of a team. Use of this method in the Cajon Bonito watershed provided me with a quick source of raw, multi-dimensional sampling data. It also provided a wealth of non-quantitative environmental information that reveals the study site's rich natural history.
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0734-3434

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dc.contributor.authorHunt, Roberten
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Walteren
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-27T16:22:45Zen
dc.date.available2015-05-27T16:22:45Zen
dc.date.issued2002-12en
dc.identifier.issn0734-3434en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/555902en
dc.description.abstractCajon Bonito is a perennial stream that drains the western watershed of the Sierra San Luis, Sonora, Mexico. The Sierra San Luis is one of dozens of mountain ranges that are referred to as "sky islands" in a region called the Madrean Archipelago. This landscape exhibits an enormous array of habitats and environments that has made it one of the "mega-biodiverse regions" of the planet. I discuss the unique setting and qualities that make Cajon Bonito one of the most crucial and robust corridors in this sky island archipelago. The information and data that support this conclusion were gathered using a unique set of protocols and field methodologies referred to as Rapid Inventory and Assessment (RAP). I have modified a plant species inventory field method, the variable transect, that was developed for use in the tropics, and I have applied it in the habitats of the Southwest. I have also streamlined the method so that it can be used by a single observer instead of a team. Use of this method in the Cajon Bonito watershed provided me with a quick source of raw, multi-dimensional sampling data. It also provided a wealth of non-quantitative environmental information that reveals the study site's rich natural history.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)en
dc.rightsCopyright © Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona.en_US
dc.sourceCALS Publications Archive. The University of Arizona.en_US
dc.titleA Rapid Biological and Ecological Inventory and Assessment of the Cajon Bonito Watershed, Sonora, Mexico. Part 1: Natural Historyen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Studies Program, Prescott Collegeen
dc.identifier.journalDesert Plantsen
dc.description.collectioninformationDesert Plants is published by The University of Arizona for the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum. For more information about this unique botanical journal, please email the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Publications Office at pubs@cals.arizona.edu.en_US
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