Buffelgrass is an exotic species of plant invading the Sonoran desert. Buffelgrass is crowding out native plant species and creating fire danger. Buffelgrass is a native plant of the arid and semi-arid regions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Buffelgrass was introduced to the United States in the early 1900s for grazing purposes. Buffelgrass arrived in the Tucson area around 1940.
In 2009, Pima County established rules about Buffelgrass. If owners do not remove Buffelgrass from their property, Pima County will issue an order of removal. If the owner still does not remove the Buffelgrass, Pima County will remove the plant and send the owner a bill for the removal.
To see an illustration of Buffelgrass and information about it:
Go to the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan web site: http://www.pima.gov/cmo/sdcp/species/fsheets/ex/exotic.html
“Buffelgrass profoundly affecting Arizona,” Arizona Daily Star. February 16, 2009. Page 1.
Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, Buffelgrass—Fact sheet http://www.pima.gov/cmo/sdcp/species/fsheets/ex/exotic.html
“Your guide to Pima County’s new buffelgrass rules. Arizona Daily Star. March 18, 2009. Page A 12.