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  • Save some Saguaros during ‘Beat Back Buffelgrass’ month

    Jan 17, 2018 | Read More News
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    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers to help remove buffelgrass at several parks and other spots around the county.
    Pulling buffelgrass
    The effort is part of “Beat Back Buffelgrass” month, which runs from Jan. 27 to March 4, and includes a series of volunteer events to combat invasive plant species that threaten saguaros.  

    The main villain is buffelgrass, an invasive grass species that has established a strong foothold in the Tucson Basin. Buffelgrass outcompetes saguaros for space, nutrients and water. It also poses a serious fire risk both in the desert and in the city. 

    Buffelgrass removal events will be held at a number of locations, including:
    • Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain);
    • Saguaro National Park;
    • Tucson Mountain Park;
    • Sabino Canyon Recreation Area; and
    • Catalina State Park
    If interested in volunteering to pull up some buffelgrass, sign up at the buffelgrass volunteer website

    If you’d like to host a buffelgrass pull in your own neighborhood, your favorite park, or elsewhere, register a site at the buffelgrass registration site and it will be added to the list of sites for volunteers to select.