FSDNM Parterships

The Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument will be partnering with the Bureau of Land Management, Recreation Equipment Incorporated (REI), and the Desert Botanical Garden this fall to remove buffelgrass from the Sonoran Desert National Monument on September 29, 2012. (Check out and Volunteer for the Event)

Sometime ago the Bureau of Land Management contracted the Desert Botanical Garden to map the locations of the invasive plant buffelgrass in the Sonoran Desert National Monument. As would be expected most of the buffelgrass in the Sonoran Desert National Monument occurs near the two highways that dissect the monument.  Fortunately there is not a lot of buffelgrass in the monument so the threats to the ecology of this area are minimal if the invasion can be eliminated soon (See National Public Lands Day article in this edition).

The Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument scheduled a buffelgrass removal event to celebrate National Public Lands Day. In order to receive national recognition for this effort, the Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument posted this event on the National Environmental Education Foundation’s website (www.publiclandsday.org). Soon after posting, REI staff contacted the Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument to see if REI could make this event part of their community stewardship effort. Of course the answer was yes and so on the 29th REI will have about 25-volunteers in the field.

The Desert Botanical Garden will be on hand for the event to digitally record our progress. It is anticipated that on this day we will have removed approximately 50% of the buffelgrass found in the Sonoran Desert National Monument.  In another event, to be scheduled soon, we will hopefully take out the other 50%.

The Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument in partnership with the Town of Gila Bend and the Bureau of Land Management will be developing exhibits on the Sonoran Desert National Monument to be displayed in the Gila Bend Town Hall and a nearby local tourist information-retail shop. These exhibits will be the first part of the larger Gateway to the Sonoran Desert National Monument effort.

The purpose of this effort is to make information about and how to access the Sonoran Desert National Monument easier for people who want to experience the grandeur of the Sonoran Desert National Monument.

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