Where would we be without collaboration? In an effort to share knowledge, best practices and emerging research with our partners we hosted events like the CAZCA Learning Labs and our Speaker Series. Organized by event, below you can see the presentations, images and other resources from that day.

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Speaker Series: Stinknet the Looming Invasive

Summary of Speaker Series

Join us and John Scheuring, Conservation Chair for the Arizona Native Plant Society – Tucson, as we bring this new invader to the forefront. Stinknet (Oncosiphon piluliferum) is a pretty annual that’s now being seen in many of our city and county parks and preserves.

Have you seen the culprit in your area? Bring your questions, challenges and ideas as we learn and discuss the characteristics, effects and management treatments of this non-native plant.

Summary of Speaker Series

John Scheuring’s Presentation – View it here!

Download the Stinknet brochure and share it with your community.

Restoration Lab: Implementing the USGS RAMPS Network

Summary of Lab

CAZCA met with Molly McCormick of the USGS RAMPS from the Southwest Biological Science Center in Flagstaff. The discussion was about implementing RestoreNet gardens in the Phoenix- metro area. RestoreNet is a networked experiment systematically testing restoration techniques across the desert Southwest. Participation in the network would increase understanding of how various techniques (such as seed mixes, mulch, above-ground and below-ground structures) support restoration objectives (like stabilizing soil or increasing cover of native plants). The results of this project will help support land managers and stewards doing restoration work in the Sonoran desert and across the Southwest. For more information contact Helen Rowe.

Lab Resources

Invitation to the RAMPS RestoreNet” presentation by Molly McCormick

RAMPS Research Brief

Distributed Field Trial Network for Dryland Restoration

Connectivity Lab: Urban Corridors and Crossings Activity

Summary of Lab

The lab was a workshop comprised of a brief (10 minute) presentation, followed by a scenario game in which participants assumed the roles of stakeholders in fictitious Cash County, AZ. Stakeholder roles in the game were diverse, including leadership, planning and engineering roles; business and development roles; conservation roles, and animal roles. The purpose of using a fictitious place was to allow participants to engage in the scenario without the constraints of the personal or professional goals, challenges, or mandates that the populate real stakeholder landscape of Maricopa County. The fictitious county was intended to engage in familiar problems in a familiar landscape without actual stakes in any of the land on the map.

Lab Resources

“Wildlife Connectivity” PDF presentation by Anita Hagy Ferguson, PhD

Cash County Map and Description

Sample of Stakeholder Role Cards –



Restoration Lab: Lake Pleasant Field Trip

Summary of Lab

Lake Pleasant Regional Park is managed by Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, but land is owned by Bureau of Reclamation. Maricopa County has a management agreement to oversee the park. With the Park Master Plan approved in 1995, much of the then deemed Conservation area north of Lake Pleasant has swung in the pendulum to overuse. The issues that have arisen include: illegal roads or routes being made, destruction of vegetation/wildlife habitats, cutting of trees, camping where there is no designated area, illegal dumping, and overuse of recreation thus expanding the destruction of the area. Maricopa County is seeking creative ways to make the activity benign so that environment can come back and look as full and lush as it was before by applying barriers, signs, and revegetating the landscape back to its original views. After returning from the field visits, ASU Master’s student and City of Phoenix South Mountain Park Ranger, Taylor Riske, gave a presentation on trail management practices, followed by an awesome discussion.

Lab Resources

“Recreation Management Approaches” pdf presentation by Taylor Riske
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4,

Taylor Riske’s Master’s Thesis – “The Effectiveness of Trail Mitigation and Theory-Grounded Signage in an Economical Approach to Reducing Social Trail Behaviors

Get Involved

Whether you love to hike or just want to smell the desert roses, CAZCA has a way for you to get involved in the preservation of the Sonoran Desert.

CAZCA is an initiative of Desert Botanical Garden. Any donations made to CAZCA must be made through Desert Botanical Garden. You will now be taken to their website to complete this transaction. Thank you!