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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.
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.
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 Buffelgrass Coordination Center (SABCC) hosted a bus tour of Tucson International Airport property on Friday, Nov. 30, where buffelgrass will be removed using a $2.5 million federal grant awarded to Pima County and the airport. Pima County contributed $145,500 in matching funds, with TIA contributing a $706,000 match. The grant is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s pre-disaster mitigation program.
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Help preserve the Sonoran Desert while enjoying Tucson’s sunny weather by participating in Beat Back Buffelgress Day Feb. 5. Hundreds of volunteers are being sought to fight against this growing environmental problem.
Golder Ranch has opportunity for volunteers
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The Oro Valley Buffel Busters are at it again, and to parody the vintage Uncle Sam poster, "They Need You!"
Dr. Lindy Brigham, a plant pathologist who worked for seven years eradicating cheatgrass in the Santa Catalina Mountains, has been named the first executive director of the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center.
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