BUFFELGRASS MANAGEMENT GROUP
In 2012, a single volunteer—Malcolm McReady—conducted a mapping project to plot buffelgrass growing in Green Valley area. In 2013, a Three-Year Strategic Plan: 2014-2016 was developed to outline the work needed to contain, control, and/or destroy buffelgrass. It takes about three years to get Buffelgrass under 80% control according to the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordina tion Center (SABCC).
With grant funds from the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, the GVC Foundation was able to form a committee (now the Management Group) and in 2014 and 2015 hired professional landscapers to spray the most infested areas, covering an estimated 50% of the identified buffelgrass locations.
According to the plan buffelgrass abatement efforts after Year 3 (2016) and beyond would be the responsibility of the HOAs, commercial property owners, Pima County and the State of Arizona. However, with funds dwindling in late 2015, the project has been forced to depend on neighborhoods in Green Valley to help fight the spread of buffelgrass. For the upcoming monsoon season, starting in Summer 2016, the Buffelgrass Management Group will conduct educational workshops and outreach to Green Valley neighborhoods. The strategy is expected to accomplish the following:
- Destroy infestation of Buffelgrass;
- Contain its spread;
- Improve knowledge and education about Buffelgrass;
- Monitor and prioritize locations for monitoring and maintenance; and
- Conduct early detection surveys.
The success of these activities will help protect Green Valley residents and businesses from a potentially catastrophic fire hazard.
NOTE: The Buffelgrass Management Group is not holding meetings in 2018. It will instead announce Buffelgrass Workshops and provide information on this website as the Monsoon Season draws near.