Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bear Bridge: Before, During, & After

After, i.e., Now

Photos and Text by Mark Hengesbaugh:
The Bear Bridge in Sabino Creek has undergone a dramatic change in appearance in the past few years with removal of the Giant Reed (Arundo donax). But it’s important to remember that the motivation of the naturalists and the Arizona Master Watershed Stewards for removing the Arundo was not primarily to improve the canyon’s appearance. Fact is, Arundo was threatening to turn large sections of Sabino Creek into a monoculture of invasive reeds that: 1) aren't used by the native wildlife and 2) kill the native plants the wildlife does need to live.
Tomorrow: How Arundo kills Sabino’s creekside habitat

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