Rocky Mountain Field Institute seeks volunteers for John Martin tamarisk removal : The Prowers Journal

The Rocky Mountain Field Institute has an upcoming project at John Martin Reservoir State Park on September 24-25. Volunteers will work and camp along the eastern shores of John Martin Reservoir, joining John Martin Reservoir Rangers and volunteers from Rocky Mountain Field Institute, volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and Bent County 4-H to remove Black Tamarisk Bridge and restore land for native wildlife and recreation enthusiasts.

Tamarisk, also known as salt cedar, is an invasive tree that monopolizes light, water and nutrients, harming native plants and the wildlife that depend on them. At Black Bridge, tamarisk has invaded grasslands and river banks, reducing wildlife habitat and the number of river access points for recreational enthusiasts. By helping to remove the tamarisk, you will be part of a multi-year effort to encourage the growth of native plants, improve recreational areas for visitors, and ultimately return the habitat to its natural state.

Volunteers will help cut and stack the tamarisk for removal. Camping will be offered on Friday if desired so that volunteers arrive early and be on site for the start of the project on Saturday as well as camping on Saturday evening, some meals will be provided for the weekend during the project. Day-only volunteers are also welcome if anyone is interested in working Saturday or Sunday only as well.

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Key words: John Martin Dam • Rocky Mountain Field Institute • Tamaris

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