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  • SDCP Newsletter - February 2022

    Feb 28, 2022 | Read More News
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    This one is short, but sweet! We’ll have more exciting news for you in March. Until then, soak up the winter weather while it lasts.

    A new way to experience the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan!

    The Office of Sustainability and Conservation, with support from the Information Technology Department, is launching a new tool for accessing information about the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan (SDCP). As many of you know, the “Plan” is not a single document, but is represented by many technical reports, presentations, memos, agreements, and presentations spanning many topics related to land use and conservation. Although the County continues implementing the SDCP to this day, this collection is made up of the foundational resources of the SDCP, most of which are from the 1990’s and 2000’s. Now, users can search and filter this large body of work.

    Search tool:  http://www.pima.gov/sdcpReports

    Land and Water

    In 2021, Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) secured funding through the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management to address invasive species infestations within Tucson Mountain Park. The Healthy Forest Initiative (HFI) grant aims to protect communities with a high level of wildfire hazard potential by mitigating threats posed to those communities. Unchecked buffelgrass spread represents one such threat that poses a high wildfire hazard potential to communities in close proximity to Tucson Mountain Park (TMP).  Using HFI grant funds, NRPR staff plan to oversee buffelgrass control efforts in the Robles Pass area. Contractors will apply herbicide to 72.5 acres in 2022, and 71.5 acres in 2023 during the optimal treatment window of July-September. The goal of herbicide treatment is to achieve at least 90% mortality of buffelgrass, which will be verified via post treatment monitoring. Outside of the herbicide application window, and within patches with <90% mortality, volunteers from the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers will manually remove buffelgrass.  Pima County NRPR staff are hopeful that these efforts will significantly reduce fuel loads within TMP to protect surrounding communities, as well as preserve the integrity of the native Sonoran Desert upland vegetation. 

    The Flood Control District and Tucson Audubon Society are removing salt cedar and other invasive plants in a special area along the Santa Cruz River referred to as El Corazón. The laborious work will make room for native plants and improve public safety. Read more.

    Trails and Stewardship

    In our last issue, we told you about a new trail in Green Valley. Check out this new video about it!