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On Saturday, September 13th, Saguaro National Park will host a work project to remove patches of buffelgrass, an invasive non-native plant threatening the Sonoran Desert.
Join the fun on Congress Street from Toole Ave. to Church Ave. on Sept. 13 for 2nd Saturdays. Check out the downtown scene along Sun Link’s Downtown route. Hop on at any stop along the Sun Link corridor to be part of the activities. There is a line-up of bands at the 94.9 MIXfm Stage. 2nd Saturdays is an urban street festival that has food to sample, vendors to check out and the magic of street performers to entertain you. Some of the downtown businesses also offer specials or their own entertainment. It’s family friendly and fun for all ages. Many of the vendors and sponsors have drawings during the evening.
University of Arizona student researchers are now sharing their work in a public, nonacademic forum: on the radio.
With a media event on Aug.19, Saguaro National Park began spraying glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, on buffelgrass in the Panther Peak area.
The Picture Rocks Community Center Hiking Club has adopted its itinerary for the coming season, with emphasis on exploration. The PRCC van will leave the community center, located at 5615 N. Sanders Road, at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, to visit the “ghost town” ruins of the SASCO smelter, which closed in 1919.
Following a pot-luck dinner, six Picture Rocks teenagers created a Youth Forum during the Aug.19 Citizens for Picture Rocks (C4PR) meeting.
Owners of Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch, located north of Saguaro National Park West, were approached by Mattamy Homes who now awaits approval to develop on the historic ranch.
Saguaro National Park has reopened trails and campgrounds in the Rincon Mountains after the Deer Head and Jackalope Fires. Hikers are cautioned to stay on trails, especially in the burned areas.
With crews of interns actively rooting out buffelgrass in Saguaro National Park, park staff told citizens aerial spraying of herbicides is likely to begin mid-August, taking advantage of the monsoon season.
With the increase in moisture brought on by monsoon rains, conditions are optimal for seasonal restoration work to resume in Saguaro National Park. The park, along with other city, county, state and other federal agencies, will be using ground-based field crews to apply herbicide on buffelgrass and improve conditions for native plants.
With the coming of the monsoon season, Saguaro National Park is expected to begin helicopter spraying of herbicides on Park buffelgrass infestations. Arizona has declared Penisetum ciliaris a “noxious weed” but the federal government and Texas state agencies continue to develop more hardy strains and Mexico’s government subsidizes planting el zacate buffel in Sonora. Buffelgrass crowds out native plants and can fuel devastating wildfires. The park’s action come despite a majority of public comments opposing aerial spraying. So just what is “public comment” and is it working?
Val Peterson took this photo in Saguaro National Park of a spiral petroglyph.
Val Peterson saw this marmot enjoying the sun on Signal Hill in Saguaro National Park North.
Buffelgrass issues continue in Southern Arizona while volunteers break their backs digging out buffelgrass in Southern Arizona the U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting a cold-resistant strain of the “noxious weed” that will spread it even further. While Saguaro National Park contemplates spraying herbicides on buffelgrass with helicopters, Texas calls Pennisetum ciliaris its “wonder grass.” The Buffelgrass Seed Company in Corpus Christi today sells six varieties of the weed with the slogan, “We help America grow.”
The Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA) announces is holding its 10th annual winter rocket launch, Desert Heat 2014, on March 29-30
The Explorer’s article on the I-11 public meeting on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation suffers from being an after-the-fact interview without being present at the meeting. Had your reporter been there he would have seen over 100 residents of the Avra Valley – from Picture Rocks, Three Points, Barrio Sapo, Old West Ranchettes, Avra Valley, etc. – in opposition to the Canamex Highway route being championed by Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. That 56-mile highway would end a peaceful way of life in the Avra Valley that has endured for thousands of years.
Due to the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Saguaro National Park. All visitor facilities including the Red Hills Visitor Center and the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, campsites and roads (except for Picture Rocks Road, Sandario Road, and Kinney Road in the park’s Tucson Mountain District), are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens.