Our work Crew is made up of TCSS volunteers to help dig up and transport cactus
and other succulents, some for themselves, some for our park and the rest to sell.
There are many different tasks so all Members should be able to participate.
The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society Cactus Rescue Crew saves cacti and other native plants that would otherwise be destroyed during land development. All TCSS Members are eligible to join us in our cactus rescue activities. Just check the Cactus Rescue box in your Member Profile (you must log-in to your account, click on person icon, top right corner) and you will start receiving rescue email notices.
The TCSS Cactus Rescue Crew Program was created in 1999. We held our20th Anniversary Celebration October 5, 2019. See photos for this event and others on our Photos page.
Often, many viable native plants are simply cleared away with other desert vegetation during construction.Since 1999, we have accomplishedHundredsof rescues with volunteers putting inOver 39,000hours, andOver 107,000native plants have been saved and provided new homes throughout Arizona.
SEE OR SALES PAGE FOR RESCUED CACTUS SALES INFORMATION
Our efforts are supplemental to the on-site preservation or other salvage that may be required by the development permits and Native Plant Protection Ordinances (NPPO). By selling our rescued cactus at reasonable costs to the public, we not only save these native plants, but encourage homeowners to use native plants in their landscapes, saving water and preserving our Southern Arizona gene-pool.
Please Note: We have a strict Cactus Rescue Crew Policy and Procedures Document, please review it if you plan to participate with our crew, all rules must be followed. We must maintain a perfect Safety record as well as following all Developer, Municipality and State requirements.
INFORMATION, BROCHURES AND PRESENTATIONS
Cactus Rescue Crew Program - Brochure (available at our sales)
How to Plant & Care for Your New Ocotillo - Brochure (available at our sales)
Monrad, one of our our Cactus Rescue Crew Program founders, had an
article on our project published in the monthly magazine,The Arizona Civil Engineer.
YOU CAN HELP! We need your “Eyes and Ears” to help us find new Cactus Rescue Crew sites. Please email us at Site @ TucsonCactus.org with as much information as you can from new project signs or from other sources. Attach a photo of the sign if you can.
Letter from Arizona Dept of Agriculture regarding non-tagged Arizona Native Plants view
Arizona Department of Agriculture Changes to Native Plant Law when moving cacti a second time view
Permits can be filled and tags purchased from the Tucson, Arizona Department of Agriculture office, located downtown at 400 W. Congress, Rm 124, phone 628-6317, They have limited office hours, call first.
Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS)
PO Box 64759 - Tucson, AZ 85728-4759 - Phone: (520) 256-2447 - Email: TCSS@TucsonCactus.org
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