The Arizona Department of Agriculture says it’s investigating a golf club’s decision to remove some saguaro cacti from its property.
ORO VALLEY, Ariz. — The Arizona Department of Agriculture is investigating whether a Marana golf course improperly uprooted saguaro cacti to make room for an upcoming tournament.
Members of the Gallery Golf Club began voicing concerns last month after they noticed a couple of saguaros had been removed from the property.
The golf club told KVOA News they had planned to relocate the saguaros but ended up removing them because they were “unstable.”
But now the Department of Agriculture is checking whether penalties should be enforced for not getting permission beforehand to take down the cacti.
Heather Flowers, assistant director of the agency, told 12News that the golf club is currently under investigation for potentially violating legal protections given to Arizona’s cacti.
ADOA requires property owners to notify the agency or obtain a permit before moving native plants that are protected under Arizona law.