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Ft. Lowell Park is one of the great city parks of Tucson, famous for many things:
The US Army post and museum
- Soccer fields and the Great Ft. Lowell S·h·o·o·t·o·u·t
- Good birding, including a duck pond
- Spring's first kettles of vultures
- click here for a delightful essay on the environmental imperative of vultures (password needed, ask Paul)
- click here for a case example of how vultures regulate ecosystem health (password needed, ask Paul)
- click here for a short article on vultures from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (password needed, ask Paul)
- City swimming pool
- Kiddie stuff
- Hardy Ruin Hohokam
2014: Hardy site pithouse.
Photo Meghan Marriott
2016: Linda Gregonis,
at the Hardy Site
Pecan Grove: What Does it Mean to Grow Pecans Here?
(i.e., the "pros and cons of pecans")
- UA Daily Wildcat article on agriculture in Arizona
- AP report on agriculture in Arizona
- New homes could take the place of pecan trees: 2010 AZ Daily Star article on pecan groves in AZ. Useful numbers for back-of-the-envelope learning.
- Pecan grower sees 'scary' year: 2012 AZ Daily Star article on pecan groves in AZ. More insight for SOP.
- Tucson should approve CAP connection for Sahuarita, Green Valley: 2013 AZ Daily Star op-ed on pecan groves in AZ. Yet more insight for SOP.
- City paves way for plan to send CAP water to pecan groves: 2014 AZ Daily Star article on water to the pecan groves in AZ.
- Replacing the Green Valley pecan groves: 2015 AZ Daily Star article on a long-term plan for the pecan groves Green Valley.
- Click here to read and hear more generally about agriculture in Arizona (cotton, one of the famous 5 C's of Arizona).
- Economic importance of agriculture: 2015: "Farming is a huge part of our economy." True?
- Water wars in Arizona: This 2015 Arizona Daily Star article encapsulates the dilemma of using water to grow non-native tree crops in arid southern Arizona. Note the back-of-the-envelope calculation of groundwater supply.
- Better pecan pies through chemistry: 2015: Add zinc.
- Pecans plentiful this year: 2015 harvest report; note biennial nature of crop years.
Trees in rows:
The Ft. Lowell pecan grove
April 16, 2016:
Ft. Lowell pecans in new leaf
Formerly a water source for Hohokam, now a graveyard for cars and shopping carts.
2017: Click here for a Daily Star article on dumping cars and trash into Tucson washes.
April, 2008, a 1960s vintage Rambler in the Pantano, partially exhumed by the latest flooding. Note the veg coming out the gas tank. Photo Gary Huckleberry
March, 2013, the Pantano Rambler, now stripped and eroding fast. Photo Paul Sheppard
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