Thank you to a valuable member of the Buffelgrass Brigade

Written by , July 21, 2015

Since 2009, the group known as the Buffelgrass Brigade, comprised of a core group of Sycamore Canyon resident volunteers, have spent an incredible amount of time and energy battling bufflegrass for the benefit of the community.

A core member who has been a important member over the past six years is stepping down…Charley Spies.

Charley preparing for battle

The responses from other core members helps explain what Charley’s “service” meant to the group:

“Charley was in the forefront with our effort since we started in 2009.  He was a regular member of the team during the early events when we were managing large stands of BIG plants in our washes. In addition,  Charley worked diligently in developing advertising for our events, and participated in team development of the mapping system to track our work in the field.  His sense of humor and collegial manner added greatly to the fun in our work – often against seemingly impossible odds.   He was a core member of the team and will be greatly missed.
Thank you Charley!  Lots of good memories.”  – Lia Lavallee
“Nobody worked harder than Charley.  Or made it as enjoyable. Thanks for everything you did!!!
Buffelgrass quakes in his presence!!!” – Mike Walser
“You are always one for an alternate view of things or an amusing anecdote, I will certainly miss working beside and with you.  I will be counting on you to “throw some advice” over the fence when you see us scouting, spraying, and pulling nearby. :-)  The best wishes for you always” – Dave Knawa
On behalf of the Sycamore Canyon Conservation Foundation, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for all of the hard work Charley spent for the benefit of Sycamore Canyon.
Thank you Charley.
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Buffelgrass Control Event Results April 25

Written by , 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 , 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 , 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 , 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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