Buffelgrass pull

Lauren Sims tries to pry a large clump of buffelgrass from the soil.

Buffelgrass threatens Sonoran Desert wildlands and urban areas. To combat this invasive weed, and encourage public involvement, the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Center has organized the seventh annual Beat Back Buffelgrass Day. From Sahuarita to the Catalina Foothills, there are volunteer sites throughout Pima County. To see all the volunteer sites on Beat Back Buffelgrass Day and sign up to help, visit: www.buffelgrass.org.

Buffelgrass spreads rapidly and burns hot enough to melt aluminum at 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit. Buffelgrass fires move at a rate of three feet per second, fast enough to burn a football field in three minutes. Native vegetation, unaccustomed to fire, is permanently destroyed while the buffelgrass recovers quickly. As buffelgrass colonizes more areas, native plants and animals are displaced and the threat of fire increases across the landscape.

Come do your part. Help out for a few hours on Beat Back Buffelgrass Day, get great exercise and have fun with your friends. Sign up now at www.buffelgrass.org

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