National Park Service, Interior.
Notice of proposed National Natural Landmark designation.
The National Park Service has evaluated and determined that Garden Canyon, located within Fort Huachuca, Cochise County, Arizona, meets the criteria for national significance and proposes to designate it a National Natural Landmark. The public is invited to comment on this proposed action.
Written comments will be accepted until June 9, 2003.
Written comments should be sent to Margi Brooks, National Natural Landmarks Program Coordinator, National Park Service, 1415 N. Sixth Ave., Tucson, Arizona, 85705, or to her Internet address: Margi_Brooks@nps.gov.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Margi Brooks at 520-670-6501 extension 232.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Garden Canyon represents the best example of Madrean montane evergreen woodland, Madrean montane conifer forest, and semi-desert grassland in the Mohave-Sonoran desert region. This unique assemblage of biotic communities harbors many subtropical species at the northern edges of their range. The relative absence of livestock grazing, coupled with a relatively natural fire regime, has contributed to the retention of ecosystems in Garden Canyon that are representative of pre-settlement conditions. Information on the National Natural Landmarks Program can be found in 36 CFR Part 62 or on the Internet at http://www1.nature.nps.gov/nnl/index.htm.Start Signature
Dated: February 27, 2003.
Margaret A. Brooks,
National Natural Landmarks Program Manager.
[FR Doc. 03-8503 Filed 4-7-03; 8:45 am]
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