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  • Help rid Pima County of a dangerous invader on Jan. 25

    Dec 11, 2013 | Read More News
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    Join volunteers across Pima County and sign up to pull buffelgrass on Saturday, Jan. 25.

    Beat Back Buffelgrass DayBuffelgrass threatens Sonoran Desert wildlands and urban areas. To combat this invasive weed, the  Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center has organized the fifth annual Beat Back Buffelgrass Day.

    Each winter, hundreds of volunteers work to pull buffelgrass from neighborhoods, parks, and other public land, helping reduce fire danger in the summer.

    Buffelgrass, an invasive species, is highly flammable, spreads rapidly and burns hot enough to melt aluminum at 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. Buffelgrass fires move at a rate of three feet per second, enough to burn a football field in three minutes.

    From Sahuarita to the Catalina Foothills, there are volunteer sites throughout the County. Most sites are easy to reach – near parking areas, away from traffic – and do not require hiking. Among them:

    • The City of Tucson and Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation have identified an area west of Kennedy Park in the location of an old quarry. Work begins at 8 a.m. Park at the south and west end of Kennedy Park, which is along La Cholla Boulevard and north of Ajo Way.
    • Volunteers will be mapping, but not pulling, buffelgrass at Colossal Cave Mountain Park from 8 to 11 a.m. Bring GPS units, if you have them.

    To see all the volunteer sites on Beat Back Buffelgrass Day and sign up to help, visit http://www.buffelgrass.org/beat-back-buffelgrass-day-sites. If you wish to set up your own public site to invite the community, please fill out this WEBFORM and the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center will work with you to develop the site.

    If you have questions, call 520-626-8307 or email Lindy Brigham.

    What to wear, bring

    • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, closed-toe shoes, a hat and sunscreen.
    • Bring water, work gloves and a snack. Water will be provided to fill water bottles.