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Pierce Publishes Article about Mesquite Trees

April 24, 2014

Dr. Jason Pierce’s article “Marvelous, Maligned, and Misunderstood: The Strange History of the Mesquite Tree in Texas” examines the environmental and cultural influence of this iconic plant on Texas history from Native American times to the present.  Dr. Pierce shows how this native plant has inadvertently come to dominate landscapes across much of the state—often to the consternation of farmers and ranchers.  The article appears in the April issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.