A changing climate means shifts in where and how native plants grow in the Southwest. To understand these shifts, the Trust is pairing up with scientists from Northern Arizona University and other partners on the Southwestern Experimental Garden Array project (SEGA).
Together, we are planting a network of experimental gardens across the North Rim Ranches at different elevations, ranging from low deserts to alpine forests.
By examining how the same plant species grow at different elevations, temperatures, and moisture levels, we'll get an idea of how climate change might affect individual plant species, plant communities, and ecosystems. This should help us identify which plants are most likely to survive and reproduce in a hotter, drier future.