Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mountains and Deserts and Trees, Oh, My! - Part III, Trees

Did you know that Arizona is home to the largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in the world? The pines are in the Coconino National Forest, which covers 1.8 million acres -- and includes the Mogollon Rim [footnote 1].

You can also drive on "Cactus Forest Road" in the Saguaro National Park near Tucson. Although Cactuses technically are not "trees," when there are thousands upon thousands of them all together, it does begin to resemble a forest.

(Barely made it on Tuesday this week! Busy lately...)

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Footnote (because I'm a lawyer and lawyers love footnotes):

1. The Mogollon Rim is an approximately 1000 foot high cliff that runs at about a 7000 foot elevation (i.e., it is 1000 feet to the top of it from the 6000 foot elevation area below) for approximately 200 miles across central Arizona at the edge of the Coconino National Forest. (I know, I probably should have put that "Rim" thing in with the "Mountains" portion of this series).


Anthony said...

When I think "Arizona," the first thing that comes to mind is desert. It is interesting to note that the state has a more diverse eco-mix.

Silliyak said...

Pretty sure we've been on the "Cactus Forest Road".

Scope said...

When ever I think of "Arizona" I think of "raisins".

Yeah, bad joke.

Janie Junebug said...

When I think of Arizona, I think of my wonderful nephew who works at the Arizona State Supreme Court. Boy, were they smart to hire him.

Janie Junebug