Buffelgrass spraying in Rincon district of Saguaro National Park - Tucson News Now

Buffelgrass spraying in Rincon district of Saguaro National Park

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Due to all the rain, crews at Saguaro National Park have already started spraying and killing what they are calling the number one threat to the park, buffelgrass.

Crews have been hiking miles up into the park since Monday, spraying herbicides like Roundup.  This only works though when the buffelgrass is at least 50 percent green.  Those are the exact condition officials in the Rincon portion of the Saguaro National Park are seeing right now. 

Officials in that area say there is more than 2,000 acres of infested area, but they can only access a quarter of that area.

It takes a good amount of effort, as crews have to hike several miles through washes, across trails in some rugged terrain.  Park officials are saying it is worth the effort, otherwise buffelgrass would dominate the habitat. 

"If we don't do this work, we are concerned we'll lose the namesake of the park," said a Saguaro National Park spokesperson.

This spraying work has been going on every summer since 2005, but for 2013 there is an added challenge because of the automatic budget cuts from Washington D.C.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • HAPPENING NOW: Water main break closes part of Mission road

    HAPPENING NOW: Water main break closes part of Mission road

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:30 AM EDT2017-05-29 04:30:20 GMT
    Source: Tucson WaterSource: Tucson Water

    A water main break closes a stretch of road on the southwest side. Tucson Water says northbound lanes on Mission road near Ajo Way will be closed while crews respond to the break. 

    A water main break closes a stretch of road on the southwest side. Tucson Water says northbound lanes on Mission road near Ajo Way will be closed while crews respond to the break. 

  • WWII veteran Helen Glass to help with Evergreen Memorial Day event

    WWII veteran Helen Glass to help with Evergreen Memorial Day event

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:09 AM EDT2017-05-29 04:09:35 GMT
    Glass, a veteran herself, has volunteer with various veterans organizations for decades (Source: Tucson News Now).Glass, a veteran herself, has volunteer with various veterans organizations for decades (Source: Tucson News Now).

    Local volunteer and World War II Navy veteran Helen Anderson Glass wants to remind the community how Memorial Day should be observed.

    Local volunteer and World War II Navy veteran Helen Anderson Glass wants to remind the community how Memorial Day should be observed.

  • Arizona softball's season ends after 6-5 loss to Baylor

    Arizona softball's season ends after 6-5 loss to Baylor

    Sunday, May 28 2017 10:10 PM EDT2017-05-29 02:10:28 GMT
    Source: KOLDSource: KOLD

    The University of Arizona Softball team lost 6-5 to Baylor on Sunday evening at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson. The loss ends the Wildcats' season as they have been knocked out of the 2017 Women's College World Series in the super regional round. 

    The University of Arizona Softball team lost 6-5 to Baylor on Sunday evening at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson. The loss ends the Wildcats' season as they have been knocked out of the 2017 Women's College World Series in the super regional round. 

Powered by Frankly