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Multi-Jurisdictional Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Strategic Plan Recently Completed

Rapid spread of invasive buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) and conversion of fire-resistant desert to flammable grassland rivals urban growth and water as the region's most pressing environmental issue. Buffelgrass not only impacts native ecosystems, it also poses a threat to human well-being and property, tourism and the regional economy. Ecotourism is a cornerstone of the economy of southern Arizona, and wildfire has the potential to disrupt recreational activities and degrade viewscapes.

A coalition of municipal, county, state, and federal governments, private citizens, businesses, and non-governmental organizations recently completed a regional, multi-county Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Strategic Plan supported by a memorandum of understanding to facilitate buffelgrass management across jurisdictional boundaries. The Strategic Plan is a living document that will evolve as actions are undertaken and as new resources and strategies are identified and adapted.

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All linked documents are in PDF format