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Forests in the Arizona Desert

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Few foresters have thought of mesquite as having much economic importance, doubtless because the mesquite with which most of them are familiar is the small shrubby form growing on the dry plains of southern Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Everyone who has traveled in these states has seen mesquite "brush" along the highways and railways associated with creosote bush, yucca, and cactus. Not many foresters are aware of the existence of rather extensive mesquite forests in the larger river valleys of southern Arizona. These are forests in the full sense of the word; forests which have been producing wood crops of great economic importance to the local population and which have a productive capacity equal to that of many of the saw timber forests.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: U. S. Soil Conservation Service

Publication date: December 1, 1940

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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