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Buffelgrass and Fountain Grass Control - Site List

Catalina State Park Fountain Grass Spray

Date: February 21, 2019
Time: 8 am- 12noon
Organization: Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers/Native Plant Society
Description: We will apply herbicide to invasive fountain grass using backpack sprayers in the beautiful riparian area of Alamo Canyon. Alamo has become choked with fountain grass in recent years especially near a lovely waterfall. This is a repeat spray of one done last April.
Meeting Location: Meet at the loop picnic area/pull-out between the Group Area turn and the Romaro Ruins picnic area.
Buffelgrass pull location: 11570 N Oracle, ORO VALLEY, AZ 85737
Volunteers: 7 registered out of a total capacity of 10
Tools Provided: back pack sprayers, gloves, snacks
Bring: 2 liters of water, sunscreen, small pack, hiking pole (if desired)
Wear: Long pants, long sleeved shirt, hat, sturdy shoes or boots
Additional Information: Hiking time will be approximately 45 minutes each way on a fairly level trail, however spraying will be near the creek where contact with acacias and rock hopping may be required. Sprayers weigh approximately 25 lbs when full, although lighter ones can be requested.

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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: 5 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: 20 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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Sunrise Ridge

Date: February 23, 2019
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Organization: Quail Canyon and Sunrise Ridge HOAs
Description: Join us to help protect the Sonoran Desert and reduce fire hazard in the Catalina Foothills. The site is about 200 yards from a road in moderately steep, rocky terrain. Learn about native desert plants too--there should be some wildflowers out.
Meeting Location: Meet at the SW corner of Kolb and Painted Quail Circle.
Buffelgrass pull location: Lat: 32.28846 Long: -110.8391
Volunteers: 1 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: rock hammers, picks, digging bars, gloves
Bring: Hat, plenty of water
Wear: Sturdy shoes needed, long sleeves and long pants recommended.

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Lower Cargodera Canyon

Date: February 28, 2019
Time: 8am to 1pm
Organization: Arizona Native Plant Society/Catalina State Park Buffelslayers
Description: We are spot spraying out the fountaingrass infestation to allow native plants to again flourish in this once biodiversity hotspot
Meeting Location: Golder Fire Station, 3835 East Golder Ranch Drive, Catalina
Buffelgrass pull location: Lower Cargodera Canyon/Catalina State Park, Tucson
Volunteers: 6 registered out of a total capacity of 10
Tools Provided: backpack sprayer with 3 gallons of herbicide spray, energy bars, safety orientation
Bring: 2 bottles of water in a fanny pack
Wear: Long shirt, long pants, sturdy boots, hat
Additional Information: We will hike in to the north rim of Cargodera canyon in the northern boundary of CSP and drop down into the canyon and spot spray fountaingrass all the way to Sutherland wash. Total mileage about 2.5 miles. Awesome scenery.

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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: 11 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: 21 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.


Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mt. District.

Date: March 2, 2019
Time: 8am - 12 noon
Organization: Saguaro National Park
Description: Help save the saguaros of Saguaro National Park. We will be pulling buffelgrass in the beautiful Tucson Mountains. There should be some wildflowers out too. Relatively short walk, but rocky terrain, and lots of spiny plants. Wear sturdy shoes. Long sleeves and long pants recommended.
Meeting Location: Meet at the Red Hills Visitor Center at SNP West.
Buffelgrass pull location: 2700 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ, 85743
Volunteers: 0 registered out of a total capacity of 30
Tools Provided: picks, rock hammers, digging bars, gloves
Bring: plenty of water
Wear: sun protection, hat

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West Desert Trails

Date: March 8, 2019
Time: 7:30am - 9:30am
Organization: Tamra Baxter
Description: Come join Freeport-McMoRan Sierrita Operations to help control buffelgrass in the West Desert Trails area in Sierrita. Past highlights have included rattlesnakes and a gila monster!
Meeting Location: West Desert Trails entrance gate at Trail 340 and 337. Directions from Interstate 19 & Espranza Blvd. Drive west on Esperaza Blvd. Turn right on North Desert Bell Dr. Turn left on Golden Desert Way the gate to West Desert Trails is located at the end of Golden Desert Way.
Buffelgrass pull location: ,
Volunteers: 2 registered out of a total capacity of 40
Tools Provided: We will provide tools, you can bring a shovel or pick if you have it.
Bring: Water, sunscreen
Wear: Closed toed shoes, long pants, sleeves, and a hat
Additional Information: Plenty of delicious food will be provided!!

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