Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park, volunteers to eradicate buffelgrass

July 29, 2008, 8:53 am
Now that monsoon rains have brought dormant plants back to life, staff at Saguaro National Park will again be using herbicides to control buffelgrass. Other city, county, state, and federal agencies are spraying buffelgrass at this time of year as well, states a Saguaro National Park news releaase. Buffelgrass is an aggressive, non-native grass that competes with native plants such as saguaros and palo verdes, and also carries wildfires that can harm these Sonoran Desert natives. If buffelgrass continues to spread, it will be a serious threat to biological conservation efforts in the area, and buffelgrass fires may also become a major threat to public safety and property. Buffelgrass is classified as a noxious weed by the state of Arizona.