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EAC to offer new short-term course on Rangeland Ecology

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EAC to offer new short-term course on Rangeland Ecology

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Biology Department and part-time instructor Pete Sundt will offer a short-term class entitled Rangeland Ecology.

The one-credit course (BIO298D, Section #7154) will discuss the geology, landforms, soils, and vegetation that surround us in the Gila Valley. It will meet Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. from March 4 to April 29 at the Thatcher Campus in room 316 of the Math/Science Building. The course will also include one or two Saturday field trips.

Among the discussion items will be answers to questions about local wild plants and why they grow here, what Frye Mesa is, exotic and invasive plants, rangeland overgrazing, what happened to the mammoths, and what happened to the lake that once filled the Safford valley.

To register for this interesting look at the landscape around us, call EAC’s Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270, or register online using Gila Hank Online at

For more information about the course, contact Sundt at (928) 348-9187 or by email at