The United States’ southernmost state, Arizona, is considering new laws to protect the desert cactus from human encroachment and the loss of habitat.
The state Senate on Wednesday voted to approve the proposed legislation.
It is one of several bills proposed to address the desertification and habitat loss caused by climate change, including measures to protect water resources and the habitat of native species.
The legislation is a first step toward protecting Arizona’s cottonies and other native plants.
The Arizona Desert Cactus Conservation Act is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s plan to protect desert ecosystems and resources from loss, pollution, and human activities.
In the state, cotton plants are the most common native plant, and they account for about half of the state’s cactus acreage.
The bill would establish a state-wide protection for cottony habitat and protect the cottoni from loss or fragmentation.
It would also provide for conservation easements to protect cottonic habitats.
The proposal has drawn opposition from some Arizona ranchers and conservationists who say the new legislation would increase their grazing and mining expenses.
Some of the most famous cottonian plants in Arizona, including the Mojave desert cotan, are in the state.
The desert cacti are native to the Mojaves desert, and many ranchers are concerned about them losing habitat or the opportunity to graze them.
The Mojave Desert Cacti Conservancy, which oversees the desert, said it opposed the bill because it does not provide the cactus a permanent home.
It also questioned the bill’s impact on water resources.
In an interview, its general manager, Michael J. McElroy, said the state could use a similar provision for other desert species, such as desert cattails and the American cactus.
“The Mojave Valley is very important to the desert.
It’s very important for the economy of the area, the economy in general, the desert itself,” McElroysaid.
“But it’s a desert ecosystem.
It has its own water, its own food and its own natural resources.
That’s not to say that those resources are going to be taken away, but they’re going to have to be managed differently than the other desert ecosystems.”
In addition to protecting cottones from human damage, the legislation would also include protections for the desert’s ecosystem.
The new legislation includes a provision that would provide an exemption for cactuses that are damaged or destroyed by human activity.
It provides for exceptions for certain types of human activities, such and agricultural operations, that are designed to protect and restore the environment.
McEllroy said he has been working on the legislation since the spring.
He said that the state already has a law in place to protect endangered species, and that it will be important to continue to work with the National Park Service and the Department of Fish and Wildlife on protecting cactones.
The proposed law will be on the desk of Gov.
Doug Ducey, a Republican, when the state legislature reconvenes next year.
Duceys administration is considering other bills to address climate change and habitat.
Last week, he signed an executive order that would allow Arizona to implement a statewide cap-and-trade program, which would limit carbon emissions.
Dorey said the cap-based system would be used to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
In January, he also signed an order that directed the state to conduct a study of climate change impacts on the state and the nation.
He also announced a $10 million fund for the state Department of Environmental Quality to address habitat and other environmental problems caused by human activities and the desert ecosystem, including cactonis.
Arizona has one of the highest desert populations in the country.