The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society Cactus Rescue Crew saves cacti and other native plants that would otherwise be destroyed during the development of Arizona real estate. We do not remove plants from private residences.
Often, many viable and transplantable native plants are simply cleared away with other desert vegetation during construction. Since 1999, we have accomplished 370 rescues with volunteers putting in 27,212 hours, and over 78,694 native plants have been saved and provided new homes throughout Arizona. Plants are sold to the public at various sales through out the year (see our Cactus Rescue Sales page). These sales recover the cost of Arizona Department of Agriculture permits and tags and raise funds to further our educational efforts.
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 providing 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.
To see a list of the plants currently available, visit our Rescued
How to get on our Public Cactus Sale Notification Email List (no need to do this if you are a member, because you will already be notified of all sales events):
Send an email to us (List@TucsonCactus.org) and indicate you want to be added to the Sale Notification List. We will notify you as to the type of cacti for sale and location (we use various locations). We do not have a store front location, we only sell cactus at our Public sale events.
Watch this animated GIF to see how a 10 foot tall Saguaro is moved by the TCSS Cactus Rescue Crew!
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. Note, we do not remove plants from private residences.
To learn more about our cactus rescue program:
- Read the TCSS Cactus Rescue Policy and Procedures Document.
- We have Windows Media File movies with details and lots of visuals. These are large files, so only download if you have a broadband connection:
- Chris Monrad, one of our our Cactus Rescue Crew Program founders, had an article on our project published in the Arizona Society of Civil Engineers monthly magazine, The Arizona Civil Engineer. Follow this link to read his Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society article.
- We have a PDF file with details on our efforts.
- Read about the Cactus Gloves we use when we rescue and plant cacti.
- Visit our FAQ page for common questions.
Cactus Rescue By The Numbers
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For information about the legal aspects of cactus rescues:
How to get on our Sale Notification EMail List
If you are a TCSS member, you already get notified of all sales. If you are not a TCSS member, send an email to us (List@TucsonCactus.org) and indicate you want to be added to the Sale Notification List. We will notify you as to the type of cacti for sale and location. We no longer maintain wait lists for Ocotillo and Saguaros as we seldom acquire them and have a huge demand for them when we do get them (we usually limit one or two per family)
Please note that we do not ship or take orders for rescued cacti. Contact our Member Nurseries for such services.
How to get on our Cactus Rescue Crew Notification EMail List
TCSS Members who would like to be notified about Cactus Rescues the following weekend, can send an email to us (Cactus@TucsonCactus.org) requesting their email be placed on our Cactus Rescue Crew list.
You must be a paid up TCSS member to be added to the List and to be able to participate in Cactus Rescues.
We have two downloadable PDF publications to help you plant and care for your rescued plants:
How to Plant & Care for Your New Ocotillo
How to Plant & Care for Saguaro, Barrel or Hedgehog Cactus