Life Display Panel from Agua Fria Watershed Display - one of 4 panels developed as companion exhibit to the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit hosted in Black Canyon City.
Plants - Examples and other resources related to the plants and wildlife found in the Agua Fria Watershed that includes desert to forests and riparian areas along drainages.
Wildlife - Examples and other resources related to the wildlife found in the Agua Fria Watershed that includes desert to forests and riparian areas along drainages..
Other Water Users - Examples and other resources related to other water resources found in the Agua Fria includes desert to forests and riparian areas along drainages including:
- Population Centers
- Rural residents and businesses
- Hydroelectric Power Generation
Terms for Watershed Life Section
Native - A plant that has developed over hundreds or thousands of years in a particular region or ecosystem. Note: The word native should always be used with a geographic qualifier (Examples: native Arizona or native Black Canyon City). Only plants found in this country before European settlement are considered to be native to the United States.
Non-Native (Introduced) - A plant introduced with human help (intentionally or accidentally) to a new place or new type of habitat where it was not previously found.
Note: Not all non-native plants are invasive. In fact, when many non-native plants are introduced to new places, they cannot reproduce or spread readily without continued human help (for example, many ornamental plants).
Invasive - A plant that is both non-native and able to establish on many sites, grow quickly, and spread to the point of disrupting plant communities or ecosystems.
Note: From the Presidential Executive Order 13112 (February 1999): 'An invasive species is defined as a species that is 1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and 2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.' In contrast to item 2) of the Executive Order, which includes plants invasive in agricultural settings, the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group lists non-native plants as invasive only if they invade minimally managed (natural) areas.