Drylands Institute was a non-profit 501(c)(3) research/education organization based in Tucson, Arizona. They have a commitment to advancing knowledge of southwestern North America's flora, fauna, ethnobiology and the human inhabitants. Their research efforts focus on the Sonoran Desert Region and selected arid and semi-arid regions of the world. They provide information that supports the conservation of natural and cultural resources such as the preservation of biological diversity including rare breeds of domestic animals and improvement of health and economic welfare of people.
Selected Projects & Reports
Dry Borders is a natural history, biological inventory, cultural history, and biogeography of a vast land. Generously illustrated, the work includes non-technical and narrative essays as well as original and summary scientific contributions. The book concentrates on the more than seven million acres of contiguous protected lands encompassing the core of the Sonoran Desert on both sides of the international border: Reserva de la Biósfera Alto Golfo y Delta del Río Colorado, Reserva de la Biósfera El Pinacate y El Gran Desierto, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Reserve, Barry M. Goldwater Military Range, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It is an extremely valuable resource for educators, scientists, the public, land managers, and conservationists.
This special issue of the 1997 Journal of the Southwest is out-of-print, however a vastly expanded and revised book version of this work is forthcoming. Look for updates on this website regarding this important work.
Biological Resources of the Proposed Sonoran Desert National Monument
Biological Resources of the Proposed Sonoran Desert National Monument provided significant impetus for the creation of the Sonoran Desert National Monument. The Monument covers 500,000 acres of vast and unique landscapes, and is contiguous with 7 million acres of protected lands on both sides of the international border. Greater Phoenix is fast approaching the northern boundaries of the Monument. This biological appraisal of the region is a landmark work for land managers, lawmakers and biologists.