Springs Preserve

Before it became the Springs Preserve, this natural spring in Las Vegas, Nevada was home to Native Americans, who used the spring as their water source. Later, early Mormon travelers and settlers used the springs as a major campsite followed by ranchers and finally current residents who eventually drilled wells to tap the aquifer to meet…

Newfoundland Mountains

One of my favorite things to do is botanize in the west desert of Utah.  Besides the off limits army and air force bombing ranges, one of the least visited and more difficult places to reach in the west desert are the Newfoundland Mountains; a desert island mountain range surrounded on all sides by salt…

Utah’s Piñon Pines

Every September, usually around the 2nd or 3rd weekend, pine nuts become mature and ready to be harvested from Utah’s desert mountains and ragelands. Utah has two species of piñon (also spelled pinyon) pines both which produce large, edible nuts. Piñon pines can be found growing native in all Utah counties except Davis, Morgan, Summit…

The High Line

On a vacation to New York City in November 2011, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit a new and unique public park called the High Line. It is owned by the city of New York and is operated and maintained by Friends of the High Line. The High Line was formerly an above-ground freight…