For Arizona: Coronado Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) in collaboration with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and southeastern Arizona Conservation Districts received funding from the Arizona State Forestry and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide a FREE Rapid Response System (RRS) that will protect the valuable grassland and forest habitats from invasive plants. There are five species that are becoming an increasing problem and that are being targeted through the RRS. They are Russian Knapweed, Onionweed, African Rue, Malta Starthistle, and Yellow Starthistle. The weeds are identified and treated best in March, April and May. For more information on how to register click here.
In order to be eligible for FREE herbicide or assistance in treating the targeted invasive weeds on your property, you must attend one of the educational workshops to help you identify weeds, correctly calibrate spraying equipment, and safely treat infected areas:
- Safford Ag Center, 2134 S. Montierth Lane, Safford, on April 5 from 9 a.m. to Noon;
- Duncan Jockey Club at the Fairgrounds, 1684 Fairgrounds Rd., Duncan, on April 6 from 9 a.m. to Noon;
- Portal Library, 2393 S. Rock House Rd., Portal, Ariz., on April 8 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon;
- Elfrida Community Center, 10566 N. Hwy. 191, Elfrida on April 20 from 9 a.m. to Noon;
- Holy Trinity Monastery, Hwy. 80 South of St. David, on April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m.;
- San Simon School Computer Room, 2226 W. Business I-10, San Simon, on April 29 from 9 a.m. to Noon;
- Cascabel Community Center on Cascabel Road from Benson, on April 30 from 9 a.m. to Noon;
- Eagle Creek School in Clifton, on May 13 from 9 a.m. to Noon.
|Yellow starthistle photo by Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org|