Beating buffelgrass

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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 this Saturday. From Sahuarita to Marana, there are volunteer sites throughout Pima County.

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.

Help for a few hours on Beat Back Buffelgrass Day, get great exercise and have fun with your friends. Find a nearby location and sign up here.

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