December 31, 2012--Canyonlands National Park faces invasive species issue (Durango Herald)

Larry Aberback studied the banks of the Colorado River in quiet reflection and then posed a question many of the others on the commercially guided float trip had silently wondered. “What happened to all those dying bushes? Is it drought?” the elementary school teacher from New York City asked during a trip through Cataract Canyon in July, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

July 1, 2012--Fighting invasive species on the Dolores River (Telluride Daily Planet)

Exotic species invading local ecosystems has long been a problem in Colorado, but along the Dolores River a program is in place to push some species back. Problem species that sprout up on the banks of the scenic southern Colorado waterway include mainly tamarisk, but also Siberian elm and Russian knapweed, which can outcompete local species of grasses, trees and shrubs.

March 21, 2012--Working from the ground up (Telluride Daily Planet)

Think about what you would do with 160 acres of land along the lower Dolores River in Paradox Valley. Keep in mind that approximately 60 percent of that land is inhabited by invasive plants — mostly tamarisk and knapweed.

June 21, 2010--Feds nix bugs for tamarisk control on Colorado River (Summit Voice)

Land managers looking for ways to control invasive tamarisk trees in the Colorado River Basin may have to search for a new tool. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has terminated the use of a non-native insect used to destroy tamarisk after concluding that the bug was destroying critical habitat used by the southwestern willow flycatcher, listed as endangered by the federal government.

June 6, 2010--Collaboration is critical for sustaining healthy rivers (Grand Junction Sentinel)

June has been designated Great Outdoors Month by presidential proclamation since 2004. This year, the president has been joined by the governors of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming and a dozen other states in encouraging Americans this June to renew our commitment to protecting our water, air, and majestic landscapes for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

April 29, 2010--Digging up saltcedar won't boost water supplies (Los Angeles Times)

Westerners who'd like to wring more water out of their rivers and streams aren't going to do it by getting rid of saltcedar, a new federal report suggests. The report, released Wednesday, undercuts the long-held perception that the non-native shrub is the vampire of Western watersheds.

January 16, 2010--Basin report unveils range of concerns (Pueblo Chieftain)

A new report by the Arkansas Basin Roundtable summarizing the first four years of its work sparked comments this week from roundtable members. On one hand, most all are pleased with the work so far.

November 22, 2009--Roundtable rates water strategies for valley (Pueblo Chieftain)

Sharing water, municipal conservation and tamarisk removal were listed as the best ways to improve water supply in a recent survey of the Arkansas Basin Roundtable.

October 9, 2009--Arkansas River Valley producers battle tamarisk with aerial spraying (La Junta Ag Journal)

Producers along the Arkansas River from Canon City to the state line past Holly, have undertaken a project to rid their land from tamarisk or salt cedar. They can't count on Mother Nature for help because tamarisk is not native to this country and that means it has no natural enemies.

August 20, 2009--Tamarisk beetle program put on hold (Durango Telegraph)

The battle of the invaders may be going on hold in the West. While tamarisk, the poster child for non-native plants, has squeezed out native species and exhausted scarce water resources throughout the West, there has been a new ally in the fight against the noxious weed’s spread – a small beetle from Central Asia.

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