11th annual Beat Back Buffelgrass kicks off, volunteers needed - Tucson News Now

11th annual Beat Back Buffelgrass kicks off, volunteers needed

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

The Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteers to help remove buffelgrass at several parks and other spots around the county, during the 11th Annual Beat Back Buffelgrass month, which runs from Jan. 27 to March 4, and includes a series of volunteer events to combat invasive plant species that threaten saguaros.  

The first of such events will be at Sentinel Peak Park (A Mountain) volunteers will meet in the upper parking lot at 1000 South Sentinel Peak Rd., Tucson, 85745 on Saturday, Jan. 27. Sign up is at 8:30 and volunteer activities go until noon. 

The main "villain" is the invasive grass species, buffelgrass. A plant that has established a strong foothold in the Tucson Basin. Buffelgrass out competes saguaros for space, nutrients and water. It also poses a serious fire risk both in the desert and in the city. 

Buffelgrass removal events will be held at a number of locations, including:

  • Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain)
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Tucson Mountain Park
  • Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
  • Catalina State Park

Interested in volunteering to pull up some buffelgrass, sign up at https://www.desertmuseum.org/buffelgrass/bbbdsitelist.php.

Want to host a buffelgrass pull in your own neighborhood, your favorite park, or elsewhere, register a site at https://www.desertmuseum.org/buffelgrass/bbbdsite.php and it will be added to the list of sites for volunteers to select.

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