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Beat Back Buffelgrass Day Thank You

Beat Back Buffelgrass Day 2011 was a success because of the time, energy and support from individuals and organizations throughout Southern Arizona

Publicity and Recording:

  • Pima Association of Governments (PAG) provided the great posters and graphics for the event
  • Tucson Electric Power's John Brown created a phenomenal public service announcement (view)
  • Coach Mike Candrea and the University of Arizona Women's Softball Team supported us with publicity spots and brought the UA community out to dig! (view)
  • Cox Communications and Comcast aired the public service announcements on their cable channels
  • Mark Mclemore of Arizona Public Media produced In-depth Arizona segments with Julio Betancourt and LIndy Brigham (listen) and Coach Candrea (listen)
  • KXCI aired several informational pieces about buffelgrass and the event.
  • The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum's Tim Vimmerstedt, video tapped the events at the Brandi Fenton site for future use by SABCC.

Equipment and Supplies

  • Unicoa Industrial Supply donated 200 pairs of leather gloves
  • Doug Siegel from Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation contributed tools and organized the distribution of equipment to the sites.
  • Coffee Exchange on Tanque Verde provided refreshments for the crew working the area

Site Organization:

  • Boy Scouts (Eric Huelsman)
  • City of Tucson Ward 1/SW Conservation Corps (Diana Rhodes)
  • City of Tucson/Coffee Exchange (Doug Crockett)
  • Colossal Cave Mountain Park (Lauren Hohl)
  • Ironwood Forest National Monument (Darrell Tersery)
  • Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation (Doug Siegel)/Sonoran Desert Weedwackers (Marilyn Hanson)
  • Saguaro National Park West District (Bethany Hontz)
  • Sycamore Canyon Conservation (Lia Lavallee)
  • Tanque Verde Weedwackers (Sally Danielson)
  • Town of Marana (Janine Spencer)
  • Town of Oro Valley (Carmen Ryan))
  • Town of Sahuarita (Mary Reynolds) (view)
  • Tucson Audubon (Kendall Kroesen)
  • Tucson Clean and Beautiful (BJ Cordova)
  • Friends of Urban Wildlife (Erin Willett)
  • SABCC/UA Softball Team (view)
  • Coronado National Forest (Sharron Biedenbender) /Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau Brooke Sauer) (view)
  • Porsche Club (Mark Fuller)
  • Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (Robin Kropp)
  • Pima County Flood Control (Jennifer Becker)

Site Support:

  • Dana Backer - Saguaro National Park - provided site leaders to lead groups of volunteers at the Brandi Fenton site
  • Wendy Burroughs, Meg Quinn and Doug Siegel - PCNRPR - organized the Brandi Fenton site and provided volunteers to help at the site.
  • Steve Brigham and Paul Schwyhart parked cars, and Susan Andersen (RN) and Robert Fernandez (MD) provided medical support at the Brandi Fenton site.
  • Travis Bean provided site support at Brandi Fenton
  • BJ Cordova - Tucson Clean and Beautiful - provided sites and resources for several groups and helped secure tools and equipment.
  • SABCC Board Members - Sarah Smallhouse, Julio Betancourt, Claire Zucker, Jim Kiser, Charles Hutchinson, Meg Weesner came out and pulled with the rest of the community!


  • Anonymous
  • Julio Betancourt
  • Boice Financial Co.
  • I Michael Kasser Trust
  • Charles Pettis
  • PICOR Commercial Real Estate
  • Venture West Operations LLC
  • Thomas Keating
  • William Roe
  • TMC Foundation
  • William Lomicka
  • Raytheon Missle Systems