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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Buffelgrass Control Event January 17th

Written by scfoundation, January 6, 2015

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Announcement

Happy 2015 to all!    We ended the year with rain, and what a rainy year it was in Corona de Tucson!  Rain gauges within a two mile radius of Corona de Tucson recorded 15.16 to 19.08 inches for 2014!   So, Tucson may have had a dry year, but we sure did not!   In fact, we had a big summer/autumn for buffelgrass regrowth.   The Buffelgrass Brigade report will be available to document our work in 2014 by the time of the Annual Meeting.  In the meantime it is back to work!

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Buffelgrass Control Event November 8

Written by scfoundation, November 10, 2014

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Announcement

Here are the details:

Hello All,

As our cooler weather sets in, it is a great time to walk a trail and help identify new areas of buffelgrass infestation and pick up trash in our open spaces.   This Saturday will be the last Buffelgrass control event for 2014.  There is no event planned for December.  So please join us in preserving this beautiful community we call home.

When:  Saturday, November 8th.

Time:  8:30 a.m.

Where:  Pool Parking Lot – Look for the banner.

What to bring:  Long pants and closed shoes.  Sunscreen and water.

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Buffelgrass Control Event September 13

Written by admin, September 9, 2014

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Announcement

Here are the details:

Ready to work a few hour to preserve our open spaces? We LOVE the rain – but so does the Buffelgrass. Please join us this Saturday to walk our trail and paths to remove buffelgrass in our community.

When: Saturday, September 13

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Meeting place – Pool parking lot – look for the banner!

What to wear: Long pants and closed toed shoes. Sunscreen. A hat and long sleeve shirt are helpful. Please bring plenty of water. If you have a SMALL pick, feel free to bring it. The Foundation supplies the bags. Core team members will also have the opportunity to spray herbicide – supplies will be provided.

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Report for Weekend of August 8-10 Buffelgrass Event

Written by admin, August 11, 2014

Sycamore Canyon Buffelgrass Brigade Announcement

Here are the details:

Thanks to all who were able to participate in this month’s buffelgrass event. It was prime spray season, and we devoted 15 hours and 14 gallons of spray to our open spaces over the weekend. There were also three bags of a combination of trash and buffelgrass that were pulled.

Sections one and four were scouted and treated. In addition, there was touch up work along Sycamore Leaf and around the back of houses in Pepper Viner, where there is stubborn, small regrowth. We also completed perimeter work along the Saguaro Loop trail behind the fence in section 1 and along Camino del Toro and Harrison Road along the perimeter of our community.

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