Three Corps Collaborate for Dolores River Restoration Project


Photos and story taken from the Colorado Youth Corps Association Facebook page 

Photo credit: Jacob W. Frank, Social Media and Capacity Building Coordinator, Four Corners School of Outdoor Education (more of Jake's photos of the Dolores River Restoration Project can be found here)

Tamarisk: The most beastly of plants! Western Colorado Conservation CorpsSouthwest Conservation Corps and Utah’s Canyon Country Youth Corps are the primary implementation partners for the Dolores River Restoration Project, which since 2009 has led restoration efforts along the Dolores River. The primary goal? To tackle the beastly tamarisk plant, which is infesting 175 miles of the Dolores below McPhee Reservoir. These areas are impacted by tamarisk and other invasive plants that adversely affect the diversity and function of riparian habitat. Tamarisk trees out-compete native vegetation, reduce the diversity of wildlife habitat, increase the risk of wildfire intensity, armor river banks, increase soil salinity, and decrease access for wildlife and recreationists to the river.

Photo caption from CYCA: 
Members apply learned techniques regarding safe chainsaw use, tamarisk treatment, and biomass management.

Photo caption from CYCA: 
Training is packed with education, meeting with land managers, guest speakers, and presentations. Here, Daniel Oppenheimer of the Tamarisk Coalition presents on the scope of the DRRP, the work of the partnership and the dynamics of the introduced tamarisk leaf beetle in western river systems.