Buffelgrass Control Event Results April 25

Written by scfoundation, April 28, 2015

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Results

Our Saturday Buffelgrass control event received an enthusiastic contribution by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority from the University of Arizona.  The Group helped up pull 5 bags of buffelgrass and provided us with “food for the soul” in their enthusiastic willingness to give!  Part of the mission statement of their sorority is giving back to the environment.  They truly lived up to their mission by encouraging our efforts here at Sycamore Canyon to maintain the environmental integrity of our open spaces!  Thank you Alpha Kappa Alpha!

Great Helpers!

Thank you to everyone who came out to help,

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Buffelgrass Control Event March 28th

Written by scfoundation, March 23, 2015

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Announcement

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade

The weather is perfect for being outdoors and the time is right for pulling emerging buffelgrass on our trails after the winter rains!  Here’s the plan for the buffelgrass event this month:

Date and Time:  March 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Place:  Sycamore Canyon Pool Parking Lot

Bring:  Water, sunscreen, closed toed shoes, long pants, work gloves

Optional:  Hat, long sleeved shirt, snacks, SMALL picks (easy to carry on trails)/

See you Saturday!  As always, an RSVP helps planning.

Lia Lavallee

Volunteer Coordinator

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Buffelgrass Control Event Results February 28th

Written by scfoundation, March 16, 2015

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Results

A total of 9 bags of buffelgrass Saturday!

We had 14 participants, including 6 cub scouts (Cub Pack 0770 American Legion 109) and four parents.  We spent a total of 28 hours of volunteer time for this event.

Thank you to everyone who came out to help,

Cub Scouts Help Pull Buffelgrass in Sycamore Canyon

Lia Lavallee

Volunteer Coordinator

Buffelgrass Brigade

820-5302 or lia.lavallee@gmail.com

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Buffelgrass Control Event February 28th

Written by scfoundation, February 23, 2015

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Announcement

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade

The weather is perfect for being outdoors and the time is right for pulling emerging buffelgrass on our trails after the January rains!  Here’s the plan for the buffelgrass event this month:

Date and Time:  February 28, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

Place:  Sycamore Canyon Pool Parking Lot

Bring:  Water, sunscreen, closed toed shoes, long pants, work gloves

Optional:  Hat, long sleeved shirt, snacks, SMALL picks (easy to carry on trails)/

We may be joined by a Boy Scout Troop this month, so it should be lots of fun!

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Buffelgrass Brigade Annual Report – 2014

Written by scfoundation, January 26, 2015

Overview of 2014 Accomplishments:  This was a year we were very glad to have a long range plan that is being implemented.  During the calendar year of 2014, between 18-20 inches of rain fell in the foothills of the Santa Ritas within a 2 mile radius of Sycamore Canyon according to data from rainlog.org and personal records of Sycamore Canyon residents (see data below).  This resulted in explosive growth of grasses, with buffelgrass predominating in early emergence and proliferation.  Fortunately, we now have an experienced team of volunteers who scouted, identified infestations, and contacted the Sycamore Canyon Foundation president (Jamie Argueta), who gave permission to bring in our buffelgrass herbicide specialists repeatedly for spraying. We had the unsettling experience this summer of pulling an area, and one week later observing regrowth, which was pulled, and then grew again.   The frequency and duration of the rains was such that multiple regrowth events occurred.   Without a plan in place, the hard work of a group of dedicated volunteers, and the support and financial backing of the Foundation, our community would very likely be infested with buffelgrass at this point in time.

The plan for the Buffelgrass Brigade, from 2014 forward, is to scout trails and open spaces to identify new areas of buffelgrass infestation and to pull, spray the small sites.  Large infestations are being managed by Weed Tech LLC, an invasive species management herbicide team that has offered excellent value for their skilled services over the past 5 years.

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