Happy 20th Birthday to Ironwood Forest National Monument

The Ironwood Forest National Monument, just northwest of Tucson, was established on June 9, 2000, by President Bill Clinton. This 189,000-acre local treasure is a prime example of largely undisturbed Sonoran Desert.

The monument is part of the Conservation Lands program and is set aside for the benefit of the public in perpetuity. The objects of special scientific interest within the monument include a variety of endangered or threatened animals and plants, unique geology and significant cultural history. There are eight mountain ranges and two large valleys, containing a particularly diverse variety of almost 600 plant species along with 121 vertebrate animal species. Read more…