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What work is the USGS doing in regard to tamarisk control?

USGS invasive species science, such as this tamarisk research, provides critical information for society on the economic and ecological price of controlling invasive species. Across the West USGS researchers have been tracking the amount of water that floodplain vegetation is using, including tamarisk and other plants that replace it as it dies back. Along the Virgin and Colorado rivers in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, USGS scientists are monitoring changes to vegetation communities over time, and working with stakeholders to plan and prioritize restoration efforts. At various sites around the West, including the Dolores River in Colorado and Utah, USGS scientists are monitoring the response of wildlife populations to changes in vegetation associated with the reduction in tamarisk due to repeated defoliation by the leaf-eating beetles.

Tags: Wildlife, Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Streamflow, Rivers, Water, Wildfires