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Remove Invasive Grasses

Westside District

Pima County Environmental Education Department
3500 W. River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85741
United States

Phone: 520-615-7855

Email: eeducation@pima.gov

Description

Volunteers are needed to remove invasive grasses that are endangering the health of saguaros and other native Sonoran Desert plants. One serious threat is buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare), a grass originally introduced with good intentions by ranchers in the 1930s for use in livestock grazing. Buffelgrass spreads rapidly and has gained a foothold in Southern Arizona. It competes with native plants, reduces critical habitat for unique desert wildlife, and introduces fire into the ecosystem. If left uncontrolled, this invasive plant will irrevocably alter the Sonoran Desert landscape.



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