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A Brief History

Non-native buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare), is an increasing challenge for land managers and private property owners, and both the public and private sectors are quickly ramping up to meet this challenge. Over the past decade, control efforts have accelerated, culminating in treatment of >1500 acres on public lands and right-of-ways in 2008. Removal efforts have accelerated since 2005, the year Arizona Statute R3-4-244 approved listing of buffelgrass as a Regulated and Restricted Noxious Weed and the Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution Number 2005-165 to manage buffelgrass and other invasive species. Strict ordinances by municipal and county governments also help to eliminate buffelgrass and other invasive species on private property and right-of-ways. A Buffelgrass Summit was held in February 2007 to mobilize government agencies and public officials, which led to a Buffelgrass Working Group that completed a Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Strategic Plan a year later.

The Strategic Plan  identified the need for the establishment of a Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center (SABCC). An aggressive outreach effort to inform and engage the general public motivated business leaders to organize a Buffelgrass Policy Forum in July 2008 with 40 decision makers across local, state, and federal agencies. This forum vetted creation of the SABCC in September 2008. A focused group of nonprofit representatives, scientists, and business leaders drafted bylaws and articles of incorporation for a 501c3, filing for status with the IRS in December 2008.