The Q&A Archives: The law regarding removing cacti

Question: I just bought a house and want to remodel the front and back yard. What is the law in AZ about removing cacti from your yard? My new yard is crowded with ugly 'bush' type cacti that I want to remove.

Answer: You can remove cacti from your own yard without fear of breaking the law. Arizona's Native Plant Law prohibits wild collection of native cactus from Arizona's public, private, or State Trust lands without permission from the owner and a collection permit. For more information, consult the Arizona Department of Agriculture's Plant Services Division at (602) 542-0994 or on the Internet at

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