Weed-whacking volunteers needed | VailDaily.com

Weed-whacking volunteers needed

Cliff Thompson

DOTSERO – Like to take a whack at some foreign invaders who are ruining riverbanks?Up to a dozen volunteers are needed to help cut tamarisk, a non-native bush that is taking over the banks of the Colorado River. It’s part of a $30,000 joint U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River Water Conservation District, Eagle County and Eagle River Watershed Council project to remove tamarisk on 28 acres – a mile of riverbank near Dotsero.By removing the scrubby trees, land managers hope to reduce the number of seed sources, said Karl Mendonca of the BLM.Work will start Wednesday and continue Thursday and again March 22 to 24. Bush-whacking will begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.Tamarisk were introduced to the lower Colorado River basin from the Middle East at the turn of the century, and they quickly spread up the river. Also known as salt cedar, the water-loving plants displace native willows and other shrubs.By stopping the invader at the mouth of Glenwood Canyon, the teams hope to slow the rate at which the plant spreads upstreamThose interested in volunteering can call 827-5406 or e-mail page@eagleriverwatershedcouncil.org.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.comVail, Colorado

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