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Ajo is a former mining community surrounded by federal land, most of which is designated wilderness. In close proximity to town are the Organ Pipe National Monument, the Barry M. Goldwater Bombing Range, Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge, and the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. Primary vegetation includes the paloverde, ironwood and velvet mesquite trees, and saguaro and organ pipe cacti. Even though there is no surface water (except during torrential summer rains), the variety of native wildlife is impressive.
The Ajo Wildlife Habitat Team has chosen to do a shade and pollinator demonstration garden on the East side of the plaza and on the North side of the Chamber of commerce, featuring native plants and the use of the Groasis Waterboxx.