Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Workshop: Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 4520 W. Ajo Hwy. (north side of Ajo Hwy. just east of stoplight at Camino de Oeste)

Volunteer day: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – Snyder Hill, 7200 W. Old Ajo Hwy. (east side of San Joaquin Rd. just north of Ajo Hwy.)

A flyer with additional information on these and future scheduled events may be found on the Tucson Clean and Beautiful website at

Buffelgrass is a non-native grass that has become a serious threat to environmental health as well as public safety in our region. It is a rapidly-spreading invasive species that chokes out native plants and is extremely flammable. It may be found in neighborhoods throughout the Tucson area, as it spreads quickly and fills in graded, eroded and fire-damaged areas.

The Fifth Annual “Beat Back Buffelgrass Day” was held on Saturday, January 28, 2012, to increase community awareness of the threat to environmental and human health posed by invasive buffelgrass. More than 650 volunteers provided over 2,000 service hours in a few short hours at 20 sites throughout the Tucson metro area. Over 1,700 bags of buffelgrass, representing at least 25 tons of dry grass, were removed - helped to reduce fire danger in our community and slow the spread of this invasive plant. Special appreciation to Coach Mike Candrea and the University of Arizona Women’s Softball Team, their student athlete colleagues, and friends whose group of 100 volunteers supported this effort.

Invasive plant research has shown that regular community stewardship of affected areas drastically decreases chances that the species will return. To support community stewardship, Tucson Clean & Beautiful is collaborating with the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center (SABCC) and Saguaro National Park to host workshops and hands-on buffelgrass removal volunteer projects. These workshops and projects engage neighborhood and homeowner associations, and other community organizations to learn about environmental and human health threats posed by invasive buffelgrass, and to provide hands-on training for its removal. Dozens of new volunteers have already been trained in Fall 2011 and early 2012.

Presentations and site visits are also available for neighborhood and homeowner associations, and other community organizations. Supplies and technical assistance are also available for community-based buffelgrass removal and monitoring projects throughout the Tucson-Pima County metropolitan area. for more information on the threat posed by invasive buffelgrass, and how you can help.

Tucson Clean & Beautiful is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1985 as the flagship for community based environmental volunteer efforts in the Tucson metro area. Programs include recycling and waste reduction, urban forestry, land stewardship, at-risk youth landscape training, and beautification. Visit or call (520) 791-3109 for more information.