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Will Arizona’s saguaros survive drought, climate change?

The Sonoran Desert's famed cacti are struggling to cope with climate change and prolonged drought by reproducing less frequently. This worrisome downtick could signal the state’s saguaros are in decline.... Read more»

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Century-old national park saguaro blasted with shotgun

A 100-150-year-old towering cactus in Saguaro National Park was recently shot up multiple times, and authorities are asking the public for help finding the vandal. The protected plant is not expected to survive. ... Read more»

Heat may have killed hiker found in Saguaro Nat'l Park

A hiker from Illinois was found dead on a trail near Tucson on Saturday, and authorities said the heat and dehydration may have been factors. ... Read more»

New citizens celebrate Independence Day at Saguaro National Park

For most, Independence Day is a time to gather with friends, grill hot dogs and watch fireworks blast through the sky. Monday at the Saguaro National Park, 20 new citizens celebrated not with firecrackers, but with hands proudly raised and an oath of allegiance to the United States.... Read more»1

White House, Congress feud over future of popular park-funding program

Both sides agree with the intent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund – to help acquire and improve federal and local park projects – but they disagree on how it should be implemented.... Read more»

National parks need $11.9 billion in maintenance, $580M in Arizona

Arizona parks and monuments had more than $580 million in deferred maintenance at the end of fiscal 2015, part of a national backlog totaling $11.9 billion, according to a National Park Service report. The backlog is up at both the state and national level at a time when parks are seeing increased numbers of visitors.... Read more»

Reward offered in slashing of 9 Tucson saguaros

Federal officials are offering a reward for information about the vandal who cut down iconic cacti in Saguaro National Park, and damaged other protected plants — including a saguaro that could be hundreds of years old. A young man was seen waving swords near the site, and likely injured himself, authorities said. ... Read more»

9 saguaros vandalized in Tucson national park

After several of Southern Arizona's iconic cacti, including one that could be hundreds of years old, were hacked apart this weekend, authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the vandals. Two smaller plants in Saguaro National Park were chopped down, with others deeply slashed. ... Read more»1

Cactus rustlers focus of Saguaro Nat'l Park tagging plan

In a new move to protect the state’s iconic plant, Saguaro National Park plans to monitor cactus nurseries to prevent the buying and selling of stolen saguaros from the park. ... Read more»

Drones grounded in Saguaro National Park

As part of a nationwide policy, unmanned aircraft have been banned in Saguaro National Park, officials said. The National Park Service is conducting a review to address drone usage, but has barred flying drones, quadcopters, and model airplanes on an interim basis.... Read more»1

Fire restrictions lifted for Southern Az

Following monsoon rains, fire restriction will be lifted for Southeastern Arizona beginning Friday.... Read more»

20 sworn in as U.S. citizens at Saguaro National Park

On the 238th birthday of the United States, 20 people made a declaration of their own at Saguaro National Park on Friday, taking the Oath of Allegiance to become newly minted U.S. citizens.... Read more»1

Fire restrictions in force for Southern Az

Starting Thursday, campers across Southern Arizona will face new fire restrictions at campgrounds due to dry weather.... Read more»

Saguaro National Park opening new Carrillo Trail route

Saguaro National Park will open a re-routed section of the Carrillo Trail in the Cactus Forest section of the Rincon Mountain District this week. Starting Wednesday, a rutted section of the trail will be closed and hikers will have a smoother path.... Read more»

Saguaro National Park seeks volunteers to root out buffelgrass

Saguaro National Park and the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Center are recruiting help to remove invasive buffelgrass. Volunteer sites will be set up across Southern Arizona on Saturday, as volunteer root out the plant from 8 a.m. to noon on Beat Back Buffelgrass Day.... Read more»

Saguaro National Park waives entry fee for Veterans Day weekend

Saguaro National Park is marking Veterans Day by waiving entry fees at the Southern Arizona park all weekend.... Read more»

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