Buffelgrass in Southern Arizona is a wildfire waiting to happen. Do your part and come out with your friends and neighbors to the 3rd Annual Beat Back Buffelgrass Day on Saturday, February 6th, 2010 — from 8 to 11 a.m.
I got this information from the Bufflegrass Information Center (http://www.buffelgrass.org/), whose mission is to: “provide a regional information center that emphasizes an integrated management approach to address and control buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) in Southern Arizona”. Bufflegrass is a non-native, invasive plant, dense stands of which can burn at over 1,400 degrees, almost three times hotter than fires generated by flammable native vegetation. That’s why bufflegrass wildfires are so dangerous.
Here is a list of the places you can volunteer at:
-”A” Mountain/Sentinel Peak Park
-Sonoran Desert Weedwackers, Tucson Mountain Park, 36th Street Trailhead
-Town of Marana and Pima Count Cortaro Road
-Tanque Verde Valley Weedwackers/Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Camino Seco Road
-City of Tucson Parks & Recreation Dept., Julian Wash Park
-Town of Oro Valley, Naranja Town Site
-Saguaro National Park, West District, backcountry site
-Town of Sahuarita, Quail Creek Parkway near Old Stone House Trail
-Town of Sahuarita, S. Camino de las Quintas & West Quiet Glen Site
-Town of Sahuarita, West Duval Road site
-Pima County, Catalina Foothills, Campbell north of Skyline
-Friends of Ironwood Forest/Bureau of Land Management, Ironwood Forest National Monuments
- your own neighborhood (please identify)
Sign up online here.
For more information on volunteering, please contact Claire Zucker at email@example.com or (520)792-1093.
If you can’t help in person, but want to donate money to help fight buffelgrass, please send your tax deductible check to the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center, 1955 E. 6th Street, Tucson, AZ 85719, Attn: Jim Kiser, Treasurer.
And to schedule a buffelgrass presentation for your group or neighborhood:
Pima County Environmental Education Department
Phone: (520) 615-7855
Help beat back the bufflegrass!