Buffelgrass and Fountain Grass Control - Site List

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Time: 8:00 - 12:30

Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Description: We will hike cross-country and up a canyon about a mile to arrive at our site. We will be working in the sun, often on rocky slopes.
Meeting Location: We will meet in the breezeway of the Education Annex Building. It takes about half an hour to drive from downtown to the museum.
Buffelgrass pull location: 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson
Volunteers: 9 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: We have rock hammers, digging bars and gloves, but if you have your own bring them and let the leader know ahead of time.
Bring: Bring a full refillable water bottle (FULL) and a snack or lunch. We strongly encourage the use of non-disposable water bottles as a pro-environmental measure.
Wear: Wear good hiking shoes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Time: 8:00 Am to 12:30 or 3:00 PM depending on if you st

Organization:
Description: The hike will be short (about 3-4 miles RT), but frequently off-trail and across rough terrain.  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 it's visual impact on the stunning landscape where it sits.
Meeting Location: Please contact leader for more information. Directions must be provided by leader. Google maps directions are incorrect and people always get lost when they use them.
Buffelgrass pull location: Lat: 32.343421 Long: 111.163835
Volunteers: 10 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: National Park personnel will come with us and provide instructions, gloves, and tools.
Bring: Bring two liters of liquid, protection from the sun (hat and sunscreen), and lunch.
Wear: Sturdy footwear for hiking and working, Long sleeves and pants are a good idea.
Additional Information: On this outing not only will you spend time in one of the prettiest desert landscapes on earth but you may win a saguaro cactus for your yard. Pima County has provided a saguaro in a one gallon container to be raffled off.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Time: February 23rd-February 29th

Organization: Wilderness Volunteers
Description: This event will be a car camping experience at the Madrona drainage. Never heard of Madrona before? It's in a secluded area of Saguaro National Park that only a few visitors get the opportunity to visit each year! What makes it extraordinary are the lively tinajas (pools of water) that flow year round. These pools are a haven for the rare Lowland Leopard Frog, invertebrates, and riparian birds. There are no campgrounds within the desert region of Saguaro National Park, so this a rare opportunity to stay and appreciate our dark skies and the sounds of the desert at night. This event is run through Wilderness Volunteers. WV is a non-profit organization. The camp out is from February 23rd-February 29th. There is a $375 registration fee; the fee covers all food and transportation. The work will be strenuous. Be prepared to hike for ~30mins to site locations and spend periods of time bending down and removing buffelgrass.
Meeting Location: Please contact Lee Cooper at Lee68044@comcast.net for further information.
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Volunteers: 0 registered out of a total capacity of 10
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Additional Information: To find out more and see photos of past trips please look at https://www.wildernessvolunteers.org/project/202001/Madrona%2C+Saguaro+National+Park.html

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Time: 8:00 - 12:00

Organization: Tortolita Alliance
Description: When: Sunday. February 26, 8 AM - 12:00 noon Who: All ages are welcome Where: Meet at the Wild Burro trailhead. We will walk about 10 minutes to the site. There is lots of parking at the Wild Burro trailhead. Parking is free and there are restrooms. Entrance to the trailhead is at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. What: Dig Buffelgrass along the 50 Year Trail. Wear: Sturdy shoes, long pants, hats, sunscreen. We will supply gloves. Bring: 2 liters of water, snacks Sponsored by: The Tortolita Alliance and organized by Stan Ross Added Bonus: A baby saguaro will be given away, plus donuts.
Meeting Location: Wild Burro Trailhead at the Ritz Carlton hotel Lots of free parking. Washrooms available.
Buffelgrass pull location: Lat: 32.472826° Long: -111.090058°
Volunteers: 20 registered out of a total capacity of 20
Tools Provided: yes
Bring: water, hat, long sleeve shirt and long pants
Wear: water, hat, long sleeves and and long pants
Additional Information: 2 Baby Saguaros will be raffled. Donuts.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 8 am to noon +

Organization: Sonoran Desert Weedwackers
Description: Volunteers will remove weeds from Tucson Mountain Park, working off-trail, often on rough terrain. Usually, the weeds are piled on-site and secured with rocks to prevent seed dispersal.
Meeting Location: Please see https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/sonoran-desert-weedwackers for meeting location
Buffelgrass pull location: ,
Volunteers: 5 registered out of a total capacity of 25
Tools Provided: Gloves, rock hammers, and digging bars. Some volunteers bring their favorite tools.
Bring: Sunscreen, lots of water, and energy snacks. Munchies are always appreciated for snacking after the digging party.
Wear: Sturdy pants and shoes, a hat and a long-sleeve shirt. If the weather warrants, bring a windbreaker or light raingear.

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Organization: Pima College AND Desert Museum
Description: This site is fairly flat, easy terrain to walk on, and only ten minutes from downtown. We will work with PCC students and staff.
Meeting Location: Meet in the southern parking lot, under the east-most row of solar panels.
Buffelgrass pull location: 2202 W. Anklam Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745
Volunteers: 22 registered out of a total capacity of 15
Tools Provided: We have rock hammers, digging bars and gloves, but if you have your own bring them and let the leader know ahead of time.
Bring: Bring a full refillable water bottle (FULL) and a snack or lunch. We strongly encourage the use of non-disposable water bottles as a pro-environmental measure.
Wear: Wear good hiking shoes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Additional Information: We will offer stickers and cookies for all that attend and you will be entered into a drawing to win a young potted saguaro. If lost, contact Sonya Norman at 971-9335 on the day of the hike. Cell reception is spotty once we begin hiking.

Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 8:00 - 12:00

Organization: Game and Fish / Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Description: This location, on the west side of town, if fairly flat and not too hard to walk on.
Meeting Location: Enter from Greasewood, between Anklam and Speedway. Park near the main building, but not in the upper row of spaces.
Buffelgrass pull location: 555 N Greasewood Rd. , Tucson, AZ 85745
Volunteers: 4 registered out of a total capacity of 25
Tools Provided: We have rock hammers, digging bars and gloves, but if you have your own bring them and let the leader know ahead of time.
Bring: Bring a full refillable water bottle (FULL) and a snack or lunch. We strongly encourage the use of non-disposable water bottles as a pro-environmental measure.
Wear: Wear good hiking shoes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Additional Information: All that attend will receive a sticker and be entered into a drawing to win a young potted saguaro. Plus, home-baked cookies!

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 8 am- 12noon

Organization: Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers
Description: We may see early wildflowers as we hike about a mile and a half up the 50 Year Trail. Views will be of magnificent stands of saguaros and majestic Pusch Ridge. In this beautiful setting we will engage our common enemy- buffelgrass! We will be working on a large patch off trail and will need all the help we can get. We supply gloves and digging tools. Spend a morning, Save a saguaro!
Meeting Location: Equestrian Center parking lot (park on left side by horse corrals, meet at picnic tables). Get into the park for free!
Buffelgrass pull location: 11570 N Oracle, ORO VALLEY, AZ 85737
Volunteers: 49 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: pick-mattocks, work gloves, digging bars
Bring: 2 liters of water, a snack
Wear: Long pants, long sleeved shirt, hat, sturdy shoes or boots
Additional Information: Win a baby saguaro in our raffle! Get into the park for free. Please register if you plan to attend so that I bring the correct number of tools. We cannot accommodate late-comers, but you can leave early if you need to. Enter our raffle to win a baby saguaro!

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Organization: Saguaro National Park
Description: Spring wildflowers should be out. Come help protect saguaros and enjoy Tucson's spring color and weather. We will be hiking about a half mile off trail and digging buffelgrass for about 3 hours.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Rincon Mountain District Visitor Center (Saguaro East). Follow the little signs for buffelgrass parking.
Buffelgrass pull location: 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ, 85730
Volunteers: 1 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: We will provide digging tools like pick-mattocks, rock hammers, and digging bars.
Bring: Bring 2-3 quarts of water.
Wear: Sun hat, sunscreen, long pants and long-sleeves recommended.
Additional Information: We will provide leather work gloves too.

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