How to beat back Buffelgrass

Avra Valley, Ariz. flickr/Calc-tufa

The problem with Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare), as Lance and Erin Willett are good enough to explain, is that this nonnative grass welcomes the sort of controlled burn amateur and professional ecologists normally employ to fight invasive species. Buffelgrass evolved with fire in Kenya, and, being a tightly bunched bunch grass, when it burns, it burns hotter than our native species can tolerate — that’s in the neighborhood of 1,400°F. So, you ask, how does one get rid of Buffelgrass? Visit the link to view the Willetts’ photos and read more here.

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