TUCSON CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY

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CACTUS RESCUE CREW PROGRAM

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.

                  

                Preserving the Desert: Sustaining the Planet through Partnerships
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22 YEARS AND COUNTING

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 accomplished Hundreds of rescues with volunteers putting in Over 39,000 hours, and Over 107,000 native plants have been saved and provided new homes throughout Arizona.


SEE OR SALES PAGE FOR RESCUED CACTUS SALES INFORMATION


RESCUING CACTI

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)
  • Rescuing Ocotillo Canes and uses by Steve - view
  • How to Plant & Care for Saguaro, Barrel or Hedgehog Cactus - Brochure  (available at our sales)
  • Cactus Gloves we use when we rescue and plant cacti. We sell them at our Cactus sales - Info (available at our sales)
  • Moving a 10 foot tall Saguaro by the TCSS Cactus Rescue Crew by John Durham - Animation
  • Cactus Rescue Crew informational video - 2007, a 12 minute Windows Media File presentation -view
  • Cactus Rescue Crew informational video  - 2003, a 9 minute Windows Media File presentation - view 
  • Presentation - Saving and Handling Our Native Cacti - Updated May 2018 - PowerPoint pdf Version
  • Presentation - Rescuing Cacti by TCSS Cactus Rescue Crew - Updated May 2018 - PowerPoint pdf Version
  • Presentation - Rescuing Cacti by TCSS Cactus Rescue Crew - Updated Sept 2020 - PowerPoint pdf Version

Chris 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.


    OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND SUCCESS
    Cactus Rescues By The Numbers

    Year

    Rescued Cacti
    Rescue Trips Volunteer Hours Cactus Tag Costs # of Crew Acres Rescued Rescued Sites
    1999-2001 5565 40 600 $10,000 6 t o 30 200 15
    2002 4282 32 1263 $9,471 48 969 7
    2003 1771 9 647 $3,897 68 334 5
    2004 4382 28 1300 $10,303 113 608 17
    2005 9412 32 2317 $23,792 203 1046 13
    2006 5981 28 2258 $15,037 177 451 19
    2007 5965 20 2426 $13,290 180 407 7
    2008 5038 19 2447 $15,528 191 166 9
    2009 4670 25 2466 $22,475 184 127 10
    2010 3716 24 1991 $14,775 157 415 10
    2011 6435 27 1931 $12,121 142 186 10
    2012 4991 16 1476 $11,882 152 208 10
    2013 4615 24 1761 $14,207 157 163 7
    2014 7700 28 2170 $19,779 183 387 12
    2015 2061 11 842 $4,189 130 293 8
    2016 3828 15 2161 $9,054 134 426 9
    2017 3369 14 2190 $7,169 127 300 8
    2018 8404 24 2602 $10,564 146 274 14
    2019 8976 47 3795 $14,673 164 994 21
    2020 5869
    53
    2982
    $10,116
    177
    178
    24
    All Years 107,030 516 39,643 $252,322   8,132
    235


    LEGAL ASPECTS OF REMOVING NATIVE PLANTS


    • To learn about the Statues regarding the protection and enforcement of Arizona Native Plant Laws (see Chapter 7) go to the following site: www.azleg.state.az.us/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=3
    • For forms to file permits and applications to be able to legally remove native plants go to this web site: https://agriculture.az.gov/plantsproduce/native-plants
    • 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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