BLM, Collaborative Wildfire Restoration
In desert southwest riparian areas, natural wildfires have greatly increased in the past few years. A contributing factor to the fires is the presence of non-native salt cedar, or tamarisk, trees. Salt cedar trees are considered a hazard fuel because of their density and resinous composition. The Mittry Lake project turned a catastrophic wildfire into an opportunity to achieve environmental stewardship objectives. The Mittry Lake project stabilized native willow, cottonwood, and mesquite tress, other native vegetation, and controlled salt cedar growth in a proactive manner. Their working group brought many people together to tackle this complex and challenging project. Using fire plan guidance, partnering agencies pooled resources to accomplish salt cedar eradication in a streamlined and innovative way. Involving stakeholders and community educators created a culture of environmental stewardship that will be carried into the future.
From left to right: Fran Cherry, Jennifer Green, Jim Hughes, Barbara Raulston,
Steven Griles, Thomas Zale, Mike Behrens, Terry Murphy, Carl Rountree,
David Repass, Larry Voyles, John Keys.