Join the FSDNM on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 from 8:00 am -12:00 pm for a morning of removing buffelgrass and viewing wildflowers on the SDNM. Register by email or by calling 480.648.9864.
Bring water bottles and wear shoes and clothes suitable for sunny weather. Snacks and tools will be provided.
Buffelgrass has been seen on the SDNM and the FSDNM is going to nip this problem in the bud before it spreads further and threatens the natural values of the monument.
Buffelgrass was introduced into the U.S. and northern Mexico from Africa has livestock forage. Like many non-native species it thrived here because it has few pests and could easily out-compete native plants for moisture, nutrients, sunlight and space. An additional advantage is that buffelgrass responds favorably to wildfire whereas native Sonoran desert plants did not evolve with wildfire as a factor. When wildfires occur native plants easily succumb to the flames whereas buffelgrass roots will re-sprout as soon as conditions permit.