Public presentations on aerial treatment of buffelgrass at Sagua - Tucson News Now

Public presentations on aerial treatment of buffelgrass at Saguaro NP

Buffelgrass (Source: NPS photo/Bethany Hontz) Buffelgrass (Source: NPS photo/Bethany Hontz)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Officials at Saguaro National Park have scheduled two talks for the public at both park districts, to discuss the current aerial treatment for buffelgrass.  

Buffelgrass is an invasive species and poses a threat to the resources in the park, including the iconic saguaros the park was established to protect. It also increases the risk of fire in and around the region. 

The meetings have been scheduled at the following times and locations: 

  • July 19, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Saguaro EAST, in the Fire Building Conference Room (towards the back of NPS facility), at the east end of Broadway Boulevard (12661 E. Broadway Blvd.). (520) 733-5153
  • July 20, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Saguaro West, the Environmental Education Center just east of the Red Hills Visitor Center (2700 N Kinney Rd.). (520) 733-5158

SNP has used herbicide in the parks since 2014, after the completion of a Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment, which reviewed the impacts of aerial restoration techniques. 

In addition to an update on the 2014 results from the helicopter synthesis and the vegetation monitoring plots, there will also be a presentation on updates from 2015 and plans for 2016. 

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