Buffelgrass and Fountain Grass Control - Site List

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
Time: 8:00 to 12:30

Description: The hike will be short (about 3-4 miles RT), but off-trail and across rough terrain. The last quarter mile is very steep. The worksite is on a steep slope. Take as many breaks as you like to sit and enjoy the grand view of the northern Tucson Mountains. The hike will be short (about 3-4 miles RT), but frequently off-trail and across rough terrain. The worksite is on a steep slope. Take as many breaks as you like to enjoy the view. Stick around afterwards to eat your lunch at a picnic table on a porch at the edge the National Park's wild saguaro desert. Then get a tour of an off-the-grid, solar-electric strawbale house with passive solar heating, earthen plaster walls, composting toilets, and rainwater harvesting for all the home's water needs. The house was built to minimize its visual impact on the stunning landscape where it sits.
Meeting Location: Please contact the organizer for more information: Frank Staub, fjstaub@hotmail.com 520-260-1400. The meeting place is in Picture Rocks at the end of 2 miles of dirt road. Although the road is very rough, 4WD is not required.
Buffelgrass pull location: Lat: 32.343421 Long: 111.163835
Volunteers: 4 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: National Park personnel will come with us and provide instructions, gloves, and tools
Bring: Two liters of liquid, and protection from the sun (hat and sunscreen).
Wear: Sturdy footwear for hiking and working,
Additional Information: Not only will you spend time in one of the prettiest desert landscapes on earth, you may win a saguaro cactus for your yard. Pima County has provided a saguaro in a one-gallon container to be raffled off. To see pictures of buffelgrass and where we will be working: https://www.frankstaub.com/Folders/Buffelgrass-A-Horrible-Invasive

Saturday, April 1, 2023
Time: 8 am- 12 pm

Organization: Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers
Description: The wildflowers are blooming and you can get into the Park for free. See how beautiful the Sonoran Desert can be. By removing buffelgrass, we are saving saguaros and wildflowers, and palo verde nurse trees! Do your part to combat the effects of climate change, like wildfires.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Equestrian Center, first left after the big wash crossing. Park to the left of the horse corrals. Meet us in the picnic area. Please do not park in areas reserved for horse trailers.
Buffelgrass pull location: 11570 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ
Volunteers: 12 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: Pick-mattocks, digging bars, hand picks, work gloves
Bring: 2 Liters of water, snacks, personal work gloves (if preferred), sunscreen, hat
Wear: Long pants and light-weight long sleeve shirt, hiking boots or sturdy shoes, hat
Additional Information: Join us for our last group dig of the spring and help us clean up the site we started in December. We will hike 20 minutes over fairly level terrain (except for first hill). We have one more baby saguaro to raffle courtesy of Pima County Native Plant Nursery. If you have attended 5 of our digs, we have a colorful Buffel Slayer Logo T-shirt for you!

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