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Arizona’s ‘Strong-Arm’ saguaro cactus collapses

Town officers stated age and micro organism contributed to the saguaro’s dying.

MARANA, Ariz. — An iconic Arizona saguaro often called a logo of the Sonoran Desert has fallen. 

The 40-foot cactus often called “Strong-Arm” fell over August 4 within the Tortolita Preserve within the Dove Mountain space, according to the Marana Parks and Recreation Department.

Town officers stated age and micro organism contributed to the saguaro’s dying.

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After the saguaro fell, Parks and Recreation groups labored to verify the path surrounding Strong-Arm was cleared for hikers and bikers whereas additionally being cautious to protect what’s left of the cactus, officers stated.

“It was a real treasured part of the skyline here in the preserve and, of course, home to many animals as well as a Great Horned Owl that used it for nesting and many other birds. It was really one of those saguaro motels here in the desert,” stated Jason Grodman, Natural Resources Supervisor with the Marana Parks and Recreation Department.

Grodman stated sustaining the world surrounding Strong-Arm is important so the cactus will decompose and breathe new life into the encircling desert.

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