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The Center's mission is to provide a regional information center that emphasizes an integrated management approach to control buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) in Southern Arizona.
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. 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.
The Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center (SABCC) was formed in 2008. 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. 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.