´╗┐Desert ConservationBy Kathryn M. and David K.
Kathryn M.
The Nature Conservancy joined with the Washington County to create a plan that would protect the desert wildlife. They created the Red Cliff Desert Reserve, that will protect the gila monster, sidewinder rattlesnake, chuckwalla, peregrine falcon, desert tortoise and many other rare species.

David K.
A negative impact on the desert biome is increased grazing by animals. This is one of the biggest issues in all of the deserts. Grazing is when an animal eats the plants in a certain area. In the desert, the animals eat the plants around the edge of the desert increasing the desert in size. Increased grazing has made riparian zones smaller and altered the desert plant community and agriculture, and irrigation has altered streams, rivers, and canyons. Exotic and sometimes invasive species have been introduced that can quickly dominate the landscape.

Kathryn M.
One of the problems in the desert is when humans drive off the trails in the desert. This can damage the fragile plant life and can destroy seeds lying in the sand. It can also ruin sand dunes and increase water and wind erosion. The solution to this problem can be that if humans stay on the trails, the desert animals and plants will not be destroyed.

David K.
A problem ´╗┐that the deserts are facing is they have soil problems. Most deserts soils have to much alkali salts that make the ground inhospitable for many plants. Alkali salts, in addition to causing salt burnthat can kill a plant in no time flat, also takes away a plant ability to intake iron. How humans can solve this problem is by adding cow manure to the soil. Manure takes away some of the excess salt.


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