Blue Chute

Babbitt Ranches is the landowner of two biological research field stations that will serve as SEGA garden sites: Blue Chute and Black Point. Blue Chute is dominated by pinyon-juniper. Babbitt Ranches, through its Landsward Foundation, is an active SEGA partner.

Background: Established in 1886, Babbitt Ranches practices ecological ranching while maintaining western traditions. The Landsward Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves as the liaison between the owners of Babbitt Ranches and the scientific community. The purpose of the Landsward Foundation is two-fold: (1) to develop and disseminate scientific information that will increase awareness and understanding of ecological processes and (2) to facilitate and advance land-use management based on a land-use ethic that places the long-term ecological health of the lands as a primary objective and takes into account the intimate relationships that exist between people and the natural world.

Site Characteristics Table

Garden name: Blue Chute County: Coconino County, Arizona

Latitude and Longitude: 35.58, -111.97

Nearest city: Flagstaff, Arizona

Elevation: 6,332 ft (1,930 m)

Annual Mean Air Temperature: Minimum 33.6°F (0.9°C) - Maximum 65.5°F (18.6°C) - Mean 49.4°F (9.37°C)

Annual Mean Precipitation: 18.8 in (478 mm)

On-site manager: No

Overnight housing: No

Parent Material: Basalt & limestone

Water source: Water delivery by truck

Dominant veg. type: Pinyon-juniper

Weed species:

Mammalian herbivores: Cows, elk

Other: Babbitt Ranches owns the land on which the Blue Chute garden is located.

Cell Reception at the site: Yes

Animals: Bees, possible rattlesnakes & scorpions.

Other hazards: lightening during monsoon season (June-Sept). Muddy/impassable roads in wet weather/after snow melt.

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Soil Description: 

Soil type: Clay loam

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