The mission of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management is to manage and reduce fire risk to Arizona's people, communities, and wildland areas; to champion the health of Arizona natural resources.
Arizona's urban forests are comprised of trees and vegetation in urban areas that have a special relationship to people - providing environmental services such as shading and cooling properties, providing wildlife habitat, cleaning the air of pollutants, and slowing stormwater runoff. The Urban and Community Forestry Program seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of urban forests in Arizona through education, partnerships, technical assistance, and other resources such as cost-share grants. Our exhibit provides a desert canopy brochure and fact sheet, and important information on tree selection and care.
Desert trees are a great choice in the urban landscape; once established, they need only occasional watering and are fairly low maintenance.
A mature shade tree in a central Phoenix neighborhood.
Borderlands Restoration Network partners to grow a restorative economy by rebuilding healthy ecosystems, restoring habitat for plants and wildlife, and reconnecting our border communities to the land through shared learning. Within that, the Native Plant Program works to promote and protect biodiversity and ecosystems in the Sky Islands by providing access to restoration-quality native plant materials.
The Native Plant Materials Program encompasses a production of over 100,000 plants a year and a regional seed center with over 2,400 collections of more than 200 species. It is the product of hours spent with wild habitats, passionate staff/volunteers, and our fingers in the soil. These efforts create a suite of products and services that are a distinct expression of the exceptional biodiversity of the borderlands region. Included in those services are providing a large selection of trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers for home, large-scale, and contract projects as well as collecting, cleaning, and curating seed from the region.
BRN Native Plant Nursery
42 San Antonio Rd
Patagonia, AZ 85624
Join internationally-celebrated nature writer, agrarian activist and ethnobiologist, Gary Nabhan to learn about value added mesquite products that could potentially generate local livelihoods through the start-up of mesquite microenterprises.
One of the greenhouses at the BRN Native Plant Nursery during springtime.
Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica) in bloom at the Native Plant Nursery
Small seed collections waiting to be cleaned