July 12th Buffelgrass Report

Written by admin, July 13, 2014

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Announcement

Here are the details:

Thanks to all team members for a GREAT job! We scouted at least a third of our community. Reports are still coming in. At present we have the following to report:

1. 5 people for 2 1/2 hours each – total of 10 hours.
2. Two half bags of bg

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Saturday April 12 Buffelgrass Event

Written by admin, April 8, 2014

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Announcement

Here are the details:

Spring is in full bloom at Sycamore Canyon! How lucky we are to live in the beautiful Sonoran Desert and in a community that was planned to have so much open space!

Our trails are part of Sycamore Canyon Foundation, the non-profit adjunct to our community, which is entrusted with maintaining the quality of our open spaces. The Buffelgrass Brigade is a volunteer group that works with the Foundation to control buffelgrass outbreaks on the trails and open spaces around our community. Seasonally, we walk the trails and locate/remove buffelgrass, especially in areas where it was previously sited and removed. As we walk, we pick up trash to help beautify the trails for the enjoyment of the whole community. (Go to www.buffelgrass.org to find out more about this invasive species.)

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Results of Buffelgrass Event March 8th

Written by admin, March 11, 2014

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Announcement

Results:

Hi All,

We had five participants yesterday, including a mother and son, who is a scout gaining community service hours. We met at the pool parking lot and decided to start one team right across the street on the steep slope that runs from the firehouse to the Pepper Viner gate on the border of section 8 along Rustling Leaf. We have had problems with this slope in the past. Three of us ended up spending an hour and a half pulling small plants with seedheads all along the slope. They were typical of BG that has been mowed and then comes back as dense, small regrowth. Thanks to the rain last week, were able to get them out with relative ease. We also scouted the desert behind the small residential loop in section 9 – finding one large plant with seedheads.

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Buffelgrass and Trail Trash Control Event March 8th

Written by admin, March 4, 2014

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Announcement

Here are the details:

March Showers Bring April Flowers!

They do at Sycamore Canyon, because buffelgrass is not crowding out precious water and space for our native wildflowers – unlike our county roads, which are increasingly infested with buffelgrass!

Come out and walk a trail – scout for buffelgrass and pick up a few pieces of trash along the way! It’s a fun way to get some exercise and engage in a community service at the same time!

When: Saturday, March 8

Time: Meet at 8:30 a.m. Event ends at 10:30 a.m. or sooner – your choice.

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Buffelgrass Control Event February 15th Results

Written by admin, February 18, 2014

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade

February 15th Results

Hi All! Thanks for your contributions and participation to this week’s event.

Our 14 year old scout and his grandmother were the only new participants at our event, despite his best efforts. Evidently, he was competing with Vail Pride Day and wrestling. They worked hard, and another community resident (the grandmother) is now more aware of BG identification and control. She wants to remain on our email list and we may see them again. We also hung our big banner at the pool, so we had some publicity. We pulled three bags of BG with seedheads – dormant plants – and a few new small green plants in the Sycamore Wash behind the pool. We chose that site to pull for ease of access in case we had a large group of teenagers. When the large group didn’t materialize, our core group members did scouting while I worked with the scout.

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