FRIENDS OF IRONWOOD FOREST via Crowdrise
June 29, 2010
In the last two decades, buffelgrass, a fire adapted, perennial bunch grass introduced from the African savanna, has taken a tenacious hold on the fragile desert plant community with alarming consequences. The Monument is no exception. In fact, "buffelgrass poses the greatest risk to the Ironwood Forest National Monument through increased risk of catastrophic fire and crowding out of native vegetation." (BLM FY 2009 Manager's Report)
Combining on-the-ground surveys of existing conditions, GPS mapping and research data, the Friends organized a campaign to quickly and repeatedly remove buffelgrass through a concentrated and orchestrated group of intensive projects, or "pulls". To date, 14 different "pulls" have been completed and this project has nearly eradicated buffelgrass from the Waterman Mountains following a concerted three-year effort. In recognition of the remarkable success of this project, the Friends of Ironwood Forest and campaign creator John Scheuring have received the BLM's 2010 "Making a Difference National Volunteer Award.
Help us continue to make a difference by making a donation to support our Grassroots Defense campaign - Citizen Action against Buffelgrass Invasion at Ironwood Forest. Beginning in September 2010, we will build on our previous work and expand our efforts to remove buffelgrass from the Monument through direct citizen action. Why September? Well it's currently 106 degrees in Tucson so we're using the hot summer months to recruit volunteers and raise the money needed to put together the volunteer projects. Please support us today!