Cruise through the following news articles, op-eds, and letters to the editor.
- BuffelgrassSonoran Desert Nightmare:
1994: A broad overview of the issues of buffelgrass in the Sonoran Desert, co-authored
by Dr. David Yetman, a deep thinker on this issue.
3/22/06: Non-Native Weeds Get Whacked in Southwest: The issue of buffelgrass
invading the Sonoran Desert was covered on NPR's "All Things Considered," including
interviews with workers of Desert Lab of Tumamoc Hill. Audio available.
3/30/06: Bad Grass: A look at the effects of the buffelgrass invasion into
the Sonoran Desert.
4/13/06: Buffelgrass Gets a Little Love: A letter to the editor (go to
bottom of page) in response to the Tucson Weekly cover story about buffelgrass.
Just remember, for every opinion, there's always an equal and opposite
- 8/22/06: Scientists: Buffelgrass
a threat: Enough is enough. Millions in funding called for to eradicate non-native,
fire-fueling "noxious weed."
- 8/29/06: Buffelgrass criticism is
misguided; plant's benefits receive short shrift: Another alternative view that
buffelgrass in the Sonoran desert is a good thing.
- 9/2/06: Bigger problems than buffelgrass:
A letter to the editor acknowledging confusion on the issue of buffelgrass. A binary
choice is then posed.
- 9/3/06: Grass is a blight on the desert:
A letter to the editor, with no confusion on the issue of buffelgrass. This one is
by the Director of Natural History of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
- 9/3/06: Fighting grass worth the effort:
Another letter to the editor.
- 9/6/06: Grass has many beneficial uses:
Golly, yet another letter to the editor, this one by a soil scientist.
- 9/13/06: Unchecked,
buffelgrass will devastate our desert: Golly, golly, yet another op-ed piece on
buffelgrass, this one by an ecologist from the Arizona-Sonora desert Museum.
2/25/07: Pull buffelgrass, help save our desert: An editorial from the AZ Daily
2/25/08: Buffelgrass has potential to radically alter desert: An op-ed piece from the AZ Daily
Star, exactly one year after the previous editorial.
July 08: Buffelgrass Invasion: This is a 10-minute video on buffelgrass in
Tucson, including an actual buffelgrass fire. Well done. See it here easily on YouTube.
- 1/29/09: Beat Back Buffelgrass: The
annual call for volunteers to pull up buffelgrass.
3/5/09: State of the Desert: A Tucson Weekly cover story on the Sonoran
Desert, including buffelgrass.
- 6/10/11: We must fight buffelgrass now: The
latest call to tackle buffelgrass.
- Fall, 2011: Buffelgrass: Making Wildfires Wilder:
An article from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum News, with nice graphics.
April 19, 2013: Buffelgrass goes up in flames in controlled burn in southeast Tucson:
An AZ Daily Star photo of purposeful burning of buffelgrass. Is this a good idea?
- January, 2014: The Buffelgrass Battle:
Tucson Weekly update on the buffelgrass situation.
- June, 2015: Funding boosts
battle against buffelgrass: An AZ Daily Star report of new funding to fight buffelgrass.
- August, 2015:
Buffelgrass spraying at Saguaro National Park: An AZ Daily Star report on pros and cons
of herbicide spraying against buffelgrass.
- October, 2015: A K.Rat cartoon about buffelgrass:
A little humor about buffelgrass from the Tucson Weekly. Password protected (ask Paul
for the password).
- July, 2017: July 4th fireworks
fire on A Mt.: Fueled by buffelgrass, burned saguaros will not survive this one.