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Eagle County Conservation District holds first tour

Katie Drucker
Eagle Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Next week, the Eagle County Conservation District is hosting a free public event that will showcase five successful conservation projects.

“This is something we are putting on for the public benefit. We need to maximize production of our agricultural resources,” explains Clint Mehl, Eagle County Conservation District board member.

The Aug. 14 tour will visit five locations to demonstrate tamarisk removal, oxide daisy control, pivot sprinkler systems and “side rolls.”

Tamarisk removal is essential because the species was imported to the United States as ornamentalp plants and for erosion control in the 1850s. However tamarisk spread quickly into natural wetlands, where it displaces native trees.

Mehl explains that oxide daisy control, accomplished through a chemical spray, is important as well. “You think that daisies are nice, but they are a noxious weed,” notes Mehl. “We know by testing that the chemical is environmentally safe.”

Both pivot sprinkler systems and side rolls, which will also be showcased, are effective means of irrigation. Pivot sprinkler systems go around in a circle, while side rolls are moved straight along a field. In both cases, water is used as needed and wasted water is decreased.

The bus for the approximately five-hour educational tour will depart at 9 a.m. from the Gypsum Recreation Center.

“Reservations are a must,” notes Mehl. For more information call (970)945-5494.

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