Sunday, January 29 from 8 a.m. to Noon
10th Annual Beat Back Buffelgrass Day
Volunteers are to arrive between 7:30-8:00 AM and park at an overflow lot for Sabino Canyon (not the main entrance regular parking) to shuttle up the canyon – signs will be out beforehand to direct volunteers.
Bring hat, water, snacks, sunscreen – we have both physical labor (pulling of weeds, etc.) and informational/admin volunteer positions available. Family friendly!
If folks are concerned about pulling, there’s plenty of opportunity to represent at the tent/ramada near the visitor center. Awareness of buffelgrass, TEP environmental goals, and kickoff of SAFF will be needed just as much as bagging that noxious weed!
Buffelgrass is threatening to transform the mostly fireproof and diverse Sonoran Desert into a flammable and impoverished savanna, affecting both natural and urban areas.
To volunteer, contact coordinator Shannon Breslin at SBreslin@TEP.com or call (520) 904-4028
In collaboration with Tucson Clean and Beautiful (TCB), Pima Association of Governments (PAG), Sky Island Alliance (SIA), and the Southern Arizona Forest Fund (SAFF), we are looking forward to working alongside you to remove buffelgrass at the TEP-sponsored location of Sabino Canyon. Together, we can keep buffelgrass, a very invasive, unwanted plant from being a hazard to both natural and built environments, and preserve the beauty of locations like Sabino Canyon.
Sunday’s plan, 1/29/2017:
7:00 AM – 7:30 AM – Show up, sign in, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to dig. Park in the overflow parking (not the main parking lot). As you enter the recreation area you will see signs directing you where to go. We’ll have tables, snacks, TEP CAT t-shirts, tools and a tent set up. From there we will have a shuttle to take volunteers to the site where we will be working, at the end of the main Sabino Canyon road. Please send word if you need a map!
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Rip out and bag up buffelgrass right off the trail, or further off the trail for those more experienced hikers. There will be plenty to do regardless of skill level and physical ability!
TEP CAT shirt (if you have one), gloves, sunscreen, close-toed shoes, water, snacks, digging tools (if you want your own), and lots of friends and family, too!