Ecology

Mt. Graham's Summit: Pristine Ancient Forest Before Observatory Invasion

University of Virginia astronomers claim:

"The high elevation areas are not pristine natural areas.
There is evidence of former logging near the summits There is a 40-mile
long, two lane highway which runs up Mt. Graham The mountain has
multiple campgrounds 100 cabins and a Bible camp 280,000 recreational
visitor days
" Read more »

The Many Unique Species on Mt. Graham

There are at least 18 plants and animals unique to the world that
have evolved on Mt. Graham's Galapagos-like, "sky island" Hudsonian
forest summit ecosystem. These include three mammals, three flowering
species, three unique mollusks and many arthropods (see below). They
are adapted for survival to subzero boreal forest winters. Many other
species on Mt. Graham remain to be identified. Read more »

Mt. Graham's Summit: Pristine Ancient Forest Before Observatory Invasion

University of Virginia astronomers claim:

"The high elevation areas are not pristine natural areas. There is evidence of former logging near the summits There is a 40-mile long, two lane highway which runs up Mt. Graham The mountain has multiple campgrounds 100 cabins and a Bible camp 280,000 recreational visitor days"

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The Many Unique Species on Mt. Graham

High Cienega, Mt. GrahamHigh Cienega, Mt. GrahamThere are at least 18 plants and animals unique to the world that have evolved on Mt. Graham's Galapagos-like, "sky island" Hudsonian forest summit ecosystem. These include three mammals, three flowering species, three unique mollusks and many arthropods (see below). They are adapted for survival to subzero boreal forest winters. Many other species on Mt. Graham remain to be identified.