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Buffelgrass Pulls - Site List

K20 Changemaker Campus

Date: January 21, 2019
Time: 9am-12pm
Organization: Changemaker High School
Description: Join our staff and students for our annual Beat Back Buffelgrass Day in conjunction with the MLK National Day of Service. All abilities welcomed!
Meeting Location: Plenty of free parking on site!
Buffelgrass pull location: 1300 S. Belvedere Ave, Changemaker High School, Tucson
Volunteers: 51 registered out of a total capacity of 100
Tools Provided: We will have gloves, bags, and a limited amount of hand tools
Bring: Hand tools (spade, shovel, caliche/dig bar)
Wear: Hat, long pants, close-toed shoes, suncreen
Additional Information: We will have snacks and water (to refill bottles).

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Desert Discovery Center/Pima County NRPR

Date: January 26, 2019
Time: 8:00am --- 12:00 dependent upon conditions
Organization: Sonoran Desert Weedwackers
Description: A short hike (~20 min) to the work site on mild terrain, crossing some steep washes. Beautiful natural setting located within Tucson Mountain Park. We will be clearing infestations along wash edges.
Meeting Location: Go to Gates Pass pull-out G-10 (signed for event) and follow the dirt road to the designated parking area (approx. 1 1/4 miles). Meet at the Desert Discovery outreach building for a quick discussion before shuttling to our work site.
Buffelgrass pull location: Gates Pass pull-out G-10, Tucson, Az 85745
Volunteers: 22 registered out of a total capacity of 50
Tools Provided: Digging bars & geo picks (no shovels); gloves also
Bring: small pack with adequate water & snacks for the morning
Wear: long sleeves,long pants, hat, sturdy shoes
Additional Information: Pull-out G-10 is located just E of the Gates Pass/Kinney Rd. intersection on the N side of the road. Call or email for additional information. Bring own re-usable water bottle; we will have a water jug for refills. *Lunch will be provided.

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

Date: January 26, 2019
Time: 8:00-12:30 Home tour in afternoon
Organization: Saguaro National Park (West Unit)
Description: Spend time in one of the prettiest desert landscapes on earth. The hike to he pull site will be short (about 3-4 miles RT), but frequently off-trail and across rough terrain. Park personnel will come with us. Take as many breaks as you like so you can enjoy the view. Stick around afterwards to eat your lunch 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: The hike to the pull site begins in Picture Rocks. For directions email: fjstaub@hotmail.com, or call 520-260-1400
Buffelgrass pull location: Lat: 32.343421 Long: 111.163835
Volunteers: 18 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: Park service will provide 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
Additional Information: Don't forget that an afternoon 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 is an added bonus. The house was built to minimize it's visual impact on the stunning landscape where it sits.

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Trails End Neighborhood

Date: January 26, 2019
Time: 9 am - noon
Organization: Trails End HOA
Description: Private site in Trails End Neighborhood
Meeting Location: along Sky Canyon Dr. in Trails End Neighborhood. Participants will need to sign up in order to receive gate code to enter neighborhood.
Buffelgrass pull location: Lat: 32.240527 Long: -111.106382
Volunteers: 6 registered out of a total capacity of 20
Tools Provided: work gloves, digging bars
Bring: water bottles, work gloves, picks, pruning tools
Wear: sun protection, hiking boots, long pants and long sleeves
Additional Information: Folks outside of Trails End neighborhood are welcome to join us but will need to sign up online so I can get them the gate code to enter the neighborhood. Rain date will be Sunday, Jan 27.

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Tucson Mountain Park

Date: January 26, 2019
Time: 8:00 - 12:00
Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Description: We will hike a little way out into the desert to pull a couple of large patches of buffelgrass. Be prepared for rocky terrain and thorny plants.
Meeting Location: Pull-out K19 off of Kinney Rd. It is about 1.1 miles from the intersection of Gates Pass Rd and Kinney.This pullout is not huge, so consider carpooling if possible.
Buffelgrass pull location: Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743
Volunteers: 16 registered out of a total capacity of 25
Tools Provided: Yes
Bring: Water and Snacks
Wear: Closed toed shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and a hat.

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Catalina State Park

Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 8 am- 12noon
Organization: Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers
Description: We will work to dig buffelgrass in patches along the 50 Year Trail with beautiful views of saguaros and Pusch Ridge. Mention Buffelgrass and get into the park for free!
Meeting Location: Meet at the Equestrian Center and Trailhead for the 50 Year Trail
Buffelgrass pull location: 11570 N Oracle, ORO VALLEY, AZ 85737
Volunteers: 12 registered out of a total capacity of 35
Tools Provided: pick-mattocks, work gloves
Bring: 2 liters of water, snack, sunscreen
Wear: Weather appropriate work clothes, sturdy boots/shoes
Additional Information: Park in area reserved for vehicles without trailers to the left of the corrals. Late comers cannot be accommodated with tools or finding dig location. Please sign up so that we know the number of tools to bring.

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Bear Canyon Fountain Grass Pull

Date: February 9, 2019
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Organization: Sky Island Alliance
Description: Join us for a day of removing invasive grasses from the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Access to our work area on the National Forest is restricted, so we will need to carpool from our meeting spot in as few vehicles as possible. TRIP SCHEDULE Plan to meet us at the designated meeting spot at 9 am. We'll return to the meeting spot by 2 pm. The meeting spot will be near Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon Rd, but details of the exact meeting location will be sent to registered participants. THE WORK This project is rated as moderately strenuous; we will be digging out invasive grasses. The work will include bending and walking on uneven surfaces, and potentially walking through water. WHAT TO BRING CLOSED-TOE SHOES/BOOTS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS PROJECT. Pants and long-sleeved shirts are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Aside from that, anything you would bring on a long day hike would be recommended, such as plenty of water, lunch/snacks, sun protection (sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat), etc. PROVIDED BY SIA Tools, work gloves, supplemental drinking water and first aid equipment. Tools involved - picks, and metal pry bars will be our main weapons against these invasive plants. Chemical herbicides will NOT be used. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION This trip will be led by SIA staff. Sorry, dogs are not allowed on this project. There is no fee involved for this project (although we will put any donations to good use!) Questions? Contact Bryon: bryon@skyislandalliance.org
Meeting Location: To be sent to registered participants a couple days before our pull.
Buffelgrass pull location: 406 S 4th Ave, Tucson
Volunteers: 27 registered out of a total capacity of 20
Tools Provided: We will provide all tools, and work gloves.
Bring: Bring your own work gloves if you like, reusable water bottle, lunch and/or snacks, sun protection, anything you would bring on a long day hike.
Wear: CLOSED-TOE SHOES/BOOTS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS PROJECT. Pants and long-sleeved shirts are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Aside from that, sun protection (sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat) is recommended.


Cooper Center - Tucson Mountain Park (Day 1)

Date: February 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Organization: Cooper Center Advisory Board
Description: Low hills in the beautiful Tucson Mountains at Cooper Center for Environmental Learning. Scattered buffelgrass, easy to moderate hiking.
Meeting Location: Cooper Center - 5403 W. Trails End Rd.
Buffelgrass pull location: 5403 W. Trails End Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745
Volunteers: 4 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: work gloves, some digging bars, picks
Bring: water bottles, work gloves, picks, pruning tools
Wear: sun protection, hiking boots, long pants and long sleeves
Additional Information: Please sign up in advance so I know how many tools we'll need.

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Tortolita Mountain Weedwackers

Date: February 9, 2019
Time: 8:00-12:00
Organization:
Description: We will be digging up Buffelgrass and Fountain grass in the wash near the trailhead of the Wild Burro trail. The probable walking distance is about 1 mile
Meeting Location: Wild Burro trailhead at the Ritz Carlton hotel. There is lots of parking at the site. Also, there are bathrooms at site. There is a gatehouse as you enter into the Ritz-Carlton, and just tell them you are participating in the Save Our Saguaro’s event.
Buffelgrass pull location: , Marana, Az 85658
Volunteers: 12 registered out of a total capacity of 20
Tools Provided: Yes
Bring: sun block, backpack to carry water
Wear: long sleeve shirt, hat, long pants
Additional Information: We will be digging up these invasive species once a month. Hopefully you can join us every month.

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Date: February 10, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p..m.
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: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 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, AZ 85743
Volunteers: 22 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: We have rock hammers, digging bars and gloves, but if you have your own you may 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: If lost, contact Sonya Norman at 971-9335 on the day of the hike. Cell reception is spotty once we begin hiking. All may visit the Desert Museum for FREE afterwards.

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Cooper Center - Tucson Mountain Park (Day 2)

Date: February 10, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Organization: Cooper Center Advisory Board
Description: Low hills in the beautiful Tucson Mountains at Cooper Center for Environmental Learning. Scattered buffelgrass, easy to moderate hiking.
Meeting Location: Cooper Center - 5403 W. Trails End Rd.
Buffelgrass pull location: 5403 W. Trails End Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745
Volunteers: 0 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: work gloves, some digging bars, picks
Bring: water bottles, work gloves, picks, pruning tools
Wear: sun protection, hiking boots, long pants and long sleeves
Additional Information: Please sign up in advance so I know how many tools we'll need.

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Orange Grove Middle School

Date: February 16, 2019
Time: 9am to 11am
Organization:
Description: I am request this on behalf of my daughter, a student at Orange Grove Middle School. The heavier tools will be used by the parents (or adults) that volunteer. My daughter is VERY driven and has already talked to the cross country coach at the school because the cross country team runs through a path within the space surrounding the school. She has also talked with the school principal and the faculty-student council liaison. She has prepared a slideshow on buffelgrass for one of her school assignments and has prepared letters to the Governor and local political authorities. She wants to start a bet back buffelgrass club at her school. Here is my daughter's brief project description: I have noticed that there is a high amount of buffelgrass at Orange Grove Middle School. I am hoping to lead a Buffelgrass pull during Beat Back Buffelgrass Month. I would like to lead this pull on February 16, 2019. I am hoping for 15 -20 volunteers (students and their parents) from our school to help remove the massive amounts of buffelgrass and help save the many native Sonoran plants that are being harmed by this invasive species.
Meeting Location: Main Parking lot of school
Buffelgrass pull location: 1911 E Orange Grove Rd,, Tucson, AZ 85718
Volunteers: 8 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: Borrowing tools from Tucson Clean & Beautiful (digging bars, shovels, bags, etc)
Bring: gloves, or tools if you have them
Wear: weather & work appropriate attire
Additional Information: Spearheading by my 7th grade daughter and she is worried we will not have enough volunteers to help her remove buffelgrass from the area surrounding her school.

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Arizona Game and Fish Headquarters

Date: February 22, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Organization: Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum and Game and Fish Dept.
Description: This site is on gently rolling terrain. It is on the west side of town, just across Greasewood from Pima Community College West Campus.
Meeting Location: Arizona Game and Fish Department parking lot. Please do not park on the uppermost level of lot.
Buffelgrass pull location: 550 N Greasewood Rd, Tucson, AZ 85745
Volunteers: 2 registered out of a total capacity of 25
Tools Provided: We have tools and gloves for all.
Bring: Water, we strongly encourage reusable bottles.
Wear: Wear good hiking shoes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Additional Information: LUNCH WILL BE INCLUDED FOR ALL WHO COME!

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

Date: February 23, 2019
Time: 8:00-12:30 Home tour in afternoon after lunch
Organization: Saguaro National Park (West Unit)
Description: Spend time in one of the prettiest desert landscapes on earth. The hike to the pull site will be short (about 3-4 miles RT), but frequently off-trail and across rough terrain. Park personnel will come with us. Take as many breaks as you like so you can enjoy the view. Stick around afterwards to eat your lunch 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: The hike to the pull site begins in Picture Rocks. For directions email: fjstaub@hotmail.com, or call 520-260-1400
Buffelgrass pull location: Lat: Lat: 32.343421 Long: Long: 111.163835
Volunteers: 3 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
Additional Information: Don't forget that an afternoon 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 is an added bonus. The house was built to minimize it's visual impact on the stunning landscape where it sits.

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Catalina State Park

Date: March 2, 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, ORO VALLEY, AZ 85737
Volunteers: 1 registered out of a total capacity of 35
Tools Provided: pick-mattocks, work gloves
Bring: 2 liters of water, snack, sunscreen
Wear: Weather appropriate work clothes, sturdy boots/shoes
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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Pima Community College West Campus

Date: March 2, 2019
Time: 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Organization: Pima Community College and Desert Museum
Description: This site is a little hilly, but fairly 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: 10 registered out of a total capacity of 20
Tools Provided: We have rock hammers, digging bars and gloves, but if you have your own you may 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: If lost, contact Sonya Norman at 971-9335 on the day of the hike.

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