Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Volunteer to remove buffelgrass from our roadways, washes, and parks.

Beat Back Buffelgrass Day, sponsored by the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Buffelgrass is a wildfire waiting to happen.

In Southern Arizona, the rapid spread of buffelgrass converts fire-resistant desert to flammable grassland and is one of the region's most pressing environmental issue.

Buffelgrass grows in dense stands, crowds out native plants, and negatively affects native wildlife species and their habitat. Buffelgrass is considered a serious threat to the saguaro cactus, the iconic plant of the Sonoran Desert.

Buffelgrass not only affects native ecosystems and conservation efforts, it also poses a serious threat to life, property, tourism and the regional economy. Ecotourism is a cornerstone of the economy of Southern Arizona and wildfire in the Sonoran Desert has the potential to disrupt recreational activities and degrade viewscapes.