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Buffelgrass and Fountain Grass Control - Site List

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Date: March 22, 2019
Time: 7:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Description: We will work the Gates Pass area, mostly on fairly flat to rolling terrain. A few people may climb steeper slopes if we have enough in the group to split off.
Meeting Location: Meet at pullout G - 5 along Gates Pass Rd. This is the second pullout on the west side of the pass, just after the steep descent. It is on the north side of the road. Look for a tiny brown sign that says "G-5".
Buffelgrass pull location: , Tucson
Volunteers: 0 registered out of a total capacity of 10
Tools Provided: ASDM will provide tools and gloves.
Bring: Bring a full refillable water bottle (FULL). We strongly encourage the use of non-disposable water bottles as a pro-environmental measure.
Wear: Long pants, long sleeves, boots, hat, sunglasses

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Panther Peak (sustainable-built, off-the-grid home tour in afternoon)

Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 8:00-12:30 Home tour in afternoon after lunch
Organization: Saguaro National Park (West Unit)
Description: 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. 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
Buffelgrass pull location: Lat: Lat: 32.343421 Long: Long: 111.163835
Volunteers: 4 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: Park service will provide gloves and your choice of tool: rock hammer, small pick, large pick, or bar.
Bring: Several litters of liquid, protection from the sun (hat and sunscreen), and lunch.
Wear: Sturdy footwear for hiking and working. Long sleeves and long pants are a good idea to protect from scratchs

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Tortolitas Weed-whackers

Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 - 12:00
Description: There is a so much Fountain grass in the Wild Burro wash that we are going to spray. We need about 4-10 people to help spray or carry. We will hike east up the wash.
Meeting Location: We will meet at the Wild Burro Trailhead at the Ritz-Carlton hotel
Buffelgrass pull location: 7658 W Laurel Ln, Marana
Volunteers: 0 registered out of a total capacity of 10
Tools Provided: yes
Bring: water, hat, long sleeves and and long pants
Wear: water, hat, long sleeves and and long pants

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Catalina State Park

Date: April 6, 2019
Time: 8 am- 12noon
Organization: Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers
Description: Help us rid Catalina State Park of invasive buffelgrass and "Save Our Saguaros" and wildflowers! Get into the park for free and enjoy outstanding views of Pusch Ridge. The Sonoran Desert that we all love will disappear without your help!
Meeting Location: The Equestrian Center and Trailhead for the 50 Year Trail.
Buffelgrass pull location: 11570 N Oracle Rd., ORO VALLEY, AZ 85737
Volunteers: 6 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: pick-mattocks, work gloves, digging bars
Bring: 2 liters of water, snack, sunscreen
Wear: Long pants, long sleeved shirt, hat, sturdy shoes or boots
Additional Information: Park on the left side of the corrals and meet us at the picnic tables near the trailhead. Latecomers will not be able to access digging tools or find the site where we will be working. Please sign up in advance so that we will bring the appropriate number of tools.

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