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Saguaro National Park, AZ (Mar 5th - Mar 11th 2017)

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The Sonoran Desert is the world's lushest desert. Home of the protected Saguaro cacti, this National Park is a symbol of the American Southwest. Saguaro National Park contains one of the most diverse assortments of plants in the entire southwestern United States with more than 900 native species. It is one of the best bird watching spots in the southwestern United States; over 200 species are found here. The area in and around Saguaro National Park offers one of the most spectacular flower displays of any desert area in the country. Join us on this unique opportunity to explore and restore a secluded and spectacular section of this National Park!

Our project will be working to remove invasive Buffelgrass from a portion of the Quilter Trail, which is part of the greater Arizona Trail, a through-trail bisecting the state. Buffelgrass is a species native to Africa and the Middle East that is aggressively invading the Sonoran desert. Buffelgrass has the ability to displace native vegetation, often forming dense, single-species stands which are highly susceptible to large-scale wildfires. The Sonoran desert is not naturally adapted to wildfire and the results are often catastrophic. Help restore and protect a portion of the Sonoran Desert! Daily commute to the project site will be a 4-5 mile shuttle and a short (10-20 minute) hike. The elevation of the campsite will be at approximately 5000 ft, so prepare accordingly.

This project is rated as a active project.

Check out more photos of past Saguaro National Park service projects in our gallery.


Mar 5th - Mar 11th 2017

Service Project

Invasive Removal of Buffelgrass

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Free Days

Day hikes to peaks or cactus gardens, photography, and soaking up the southwestern sunshine


Car Camping in Secluded Area

Project Difficulty

Active : bending, digging, walking


Lee Cooper
John McLean

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