Location: Saguaro National Park (east), AZ
Strenuous. Pulling buffelgrass.
Backpacking with pack support. ~3-mile backpack with 500′ change.
Help eradicate the invasive buffelgrass and fountain grass! Spend a spring week in the desert digging out this problematic invasive as we continue to help to give natural vegetation a chance.
Project Sponsor: Summit Hut
Service Project Details
After a ~3-mile, ~500′ elevation change hike in, we’ll prepare basecamp for a week of hard work. We’ll spend the week in the beautiful Sonoran Desert working to remove the invasive buffelgrass and fountain grass throughout the Rincon Creek Trail surrounding area. Buffelgrass is the archenemy of the Sonoran Desert— the invasive grass most likely to cause significant damage to the native ecosystem. Buffelgrass grows in dense patches, crowding out and competing with native plants for nutrients, water, and sunshine. Open spaces between native vegetation fill with buffelgrass, occupying areas where wildflowers typically bloom. Dense buffelgrass patches alter the habitat for desert animals and inhibit the growth of native plant forage. With increases in buffelgrass, we stand to lose plant and animal diversity, including some of our Sonoran Desert signature species. In some areas, such as the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, buffelgrass is a highly invasive non-native weed and is officially listed and regulated as a noxious weed.
To learn more about the impact of buffelgrass at Saguaro National Park, click here.
View the photo gallery from previous Saguaro National Park projects.
Project leaders: Lee Cooper and Ross Holloway
Sunday, March 13th. The Volunteer group meets in the morning at a time/place TBD. The group will go through check-in, introductions, orientation, and hike into our basecamp. Everyone will help set up camp in preparation for the work week ahead.
Monday, March 14th. Workday.
Tuesday, March 15th. Workday.
Wednesday, March 16th. Day off.
Thursday, March 17th. Workday.
Friday, March 18th. Workday.
Saturday, March 19th. Break down camp, hike back to vehicles, good-byes, depart.
Free Time Details
Hiking, viewing wildlife and plants, photography, relaxation.
Backpacking with pack support. Tent camping.
Strenuous. Pulling buffelgrass is very challenging. ~3-mile backpack to basecamp. with 500' change.
Bending, digging, pulling, lifting, carrying, repetitive motion.
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