Buffelgrass and Fountain Grass Control - Site List

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Saturday, February 4, 2023
Time: 8 am- 12 pm

Organization: Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers
Description: Catalina State Park has some giant saguaros that need your help, especially during February "Save Our Saguaros" month. Buffelgrass can rob palo verde nurse trees of water, and provide wildfires with extensive fuel that can outright kill saguaros. Spend a morning in a beautiful place with a group of volunteers who value our Sonoran Desert.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Equestrian Center at Catalina State Park. Park to the left of the horse corrals and meet at the picnic area near the trailhead of the 50 Year Trail. We will hike approximately 30 minutes and bushwhack to the site.
Buffelgrass pull location: 11570 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ
Volunteers: 41 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)
Wear: Long pants and light-weight long sleeve shirt, hiking boots or sturdy shoes, hat, light jacket
Additional Information: Get into the Park for free! We will be raffling a baby saguaro provided by the Pima County Native Plant Nursery.

Saturday, February 4, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM - Noon

Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson Clean & Beautiful, TON Natural Resources Department, and Pima County Natural Resource Department
Description: Save our Saguaros month is from February 4th through March 4th, 2023! That means we need your help removing buffelgrass and fountaingrass, two invasive grasses that are the most immediate threat to our beloved saguaro.
Meeting Location: Sentinel Peak Park. Address: 1001 S. Sentinel Peak Rd., Tucson AZ 85745
Buffelgrass pull location: ,
Volunteers: 54 registered out of a total capacity of 100
Tools Provided: We will provide tools and gloves.
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 sturdy shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and a hat. Dress for the weather.

Saturday, February 4, 2023
Time: 9 - 11:30 am

Organization: Trails End Weedwackers
Description: Get your core workout in Tucson Mountain Park with us! 25 min hike to the site. We will be pulling buffelgrass on a beautiful, steep slope.
Meeting Location: Park at Cooper Center Parking Lot - 5403 W. Trails End Rd.
Buffelgrass pull location: Lat: 32.25003 Long: -111.08310
Volunteers: 2 registered out of a total capacity of 15
Tools Provided: Tools and Gloves.
Bring: Bring a full refillable water bottle (FULL) and a snack or lunch. Non-disposable water bottles
Wear: Wear sturdy shoes (no sandals or sneakers), sunscreen, long sleeves, long pants, and a hat. Dress for the weather.
Additional Information: If you have work gloves or tools you prefer, bring those.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Organization: Sonoran Desert Weedwackers - Pima County NRPR
Description: Join us in Tucson Mountain Park! Our hike won't be long, but come prepared to work off trail on rocky slopes. We provide free drinks and snacks when we're done.
Meeting Location: Sarasota Trailhead, Tucson Mountain Park From Kinney Rd, turn onto S Sarasota Blvd. Follow to the parking lot at the dead end.
Buffelgrass pull location: 2737 S Sarasota Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85713
Volunteers: 5 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: lightweight digging bars, rock picks, work gloves
Bring: water (2 liters), snacks, backpack, sunscreen
Wear: hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, layers, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeves)

Saturday, February 11, 2023
Time: 8am - 1pm

Organization:
Description: It is a beautiful time of year to be outside, so join us on the west side of town for a morning of hiking and pulling! 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. All that attend will receive a very cool Save Our Saguaros sticker
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. Signs will be posted indicating where to park.
Buffelgrass pull location: 2021 N. Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ
Volunteers: 3 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.
Additional Information: If lost, contact Sonya Norman at 520-971-9335 on the day of the hike. Cell reception is spotty once we begin hiking.

Saturday, February 11, 2023
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Organization: Saguaro National Park
Description: It is a beautiful time of year to be outside, so join us on the east side of town for a morning of hiking and digging up buffelgrass and other invasive plants that threaten our Sonoran Desert, especially our saguaro cacti! A ranger will be along to identify the plants and animals, to explain the park's fight against invasive plants, and to answer questions and discuss the ecology of the area.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Douglas Spring Trailhead at the very east end of Speedway. Meet under the flag. The area is very popular, so you may have to park along Speedway and walk to the trailhead.
Buffelgrass pull location: Lat: 32.23547 Long: -110.68641
Volunteers: 13 registered out of a total capacity of 20
Tools Provided: We have rock hammers, picks, and digging bars. Work gloves are also provided.
Bring: Bring about two quarts of water and maybe a snack. We will provide some snacks and drinks.
Wear: Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots. Long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are strongly recommended.
Additional Information: In 2022, Saguaro National Park was listed by the New York Times as one of the world’s 52 places for travelers to go and make a difference (by removing invasive buffelgrass).

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Time: 8:30am to 12

Organization: Upper Pima County Bufflegrass Police
Description: Hike in 3 miles. Flat the first mile then steep and rocky. There will be easier options which will not require hiking. The hiking option is a wonderful trail and includes petroglyphs.
Meeting Location: 14810 N Secret Springs Dr, Marana, AZ 85658 This is the parking lot in Dove Mountain for the Wild Burro trailhead. Bathroom is available. The courtesy guard after the roundabout will wave you on.
Buffelgrass pull location: 14810 Secret Springs Dr.., Marana, AZ 85658
Volunteers: 2 registered out of a total capacity of 15
Tools Provided: Yes
Bring: Gloves, water, snacks
Wear: Hiking clothes
Additional Information: Most work will be on the trail. There will be some steep slopes which will require off-trail work.

Saturday, February 18, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Organization: Sonoran Desert Weedwackers - Pima County NRPR
Description: Join us in Tucson Mountain Park! Come prepared to work off trail on rocky slopes. We provide free drinks and snacks when we're done.
Meeting Location: Sarasota Trailhead. From Kinney Rd, turn onto S Sarasota Blvd. Follow to the parking lot at the dead end.
Buffelgrass pull location: 2737 S Sarasota Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85713
Volunteers: 10 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: lightweight digging bars, rock picks, work gloves
Bring: water (2 liters), snacks, backpack, sunscreen
Wear: hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, layers, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeves)

Sunday, February 19, 2023
Time: 8am - 1pm

Organization:
Description: It is a beautiful time of year to be outside, so join us on the west side of town for a morning of hiking and pulling! 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. All that attend will receive a very cool Save Our Saguaros sticker.
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. Signs will be posted indicating where to park.
Buffelgrass pull location: 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ
Volunteers: 5 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.
Additional Information: If lost, contact Sonya Norman at 520-971-9335 on the day of the hike. Cell reception is spotty once we begin hiking.

Saturday, March 4, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Organization: Friends of Aqua Caliente Park
Description: Description: The far NE side of town has beautiful desert as well! We will work along Snyder Rd., which doesn't have much traffic, and into the adjacent land. The site is flat, but does have some cholla. Goodies from Le Buzz Cafe will be provided. If you still have energy afterwards, you may want to hike up Agua Caliente Canyon!
Meeting Location: Snyder Rd. and N. Via Molina, one block east of Catalina Highway. Park on N. Via Molina.
Buffelgrass pull location: 11251 E. Snyder Rd, Tucson, AZ
Volunteers: 1 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own you may bring them. Rock hammers or small picks are ideal
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 sturdy shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and hat.

Saturday, March 11, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Organization: Friends of Aqua Caliente Park
Description: The far NE side of town has beautiful desert as well! We will work along Snyder Rd., which doesn't have much traffic, and into the adjacent land. The site is flat, but does have some cholla. Goodies from Le Buzz Cafe will be provided. If you still have energy afterwards, you may want to hike up Agua Caliente Canyon!
Meeting Location: Snyder Rd. and N. Via Molina, one block east of Catalina Highway. Park on N. Via Molina.
Buffelgrass pull location: 11251 E. Snyder Rd, Tucson, AZ
Volunteers: 0 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own you may bring them. Rock hammers or small picks are ideal
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 sturdy shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and hat.

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