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Tamarisk Treatment in Nevada



Tamarisk trees in lower Grand Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management, in cooperation with local communities, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and "Outside Las Vegas", a nonprofit organization, treated five acres of tamarisk in 2003 using mechanical methods. Because this area is part of the Southwest Willow Flycatcher nesting area, the treatment was planned and coordinated with the Fish and Wildlife Service. Limited treatment was done in 2003 due to the Southwest Willow Flycatcher-nesting season. This project was a high priority because the vegetation is in Condition Class 3. Fire regimes on these lands have been significantly altered from their historical ecosystem components, the threat from fire is high, and the fire threat to the wildland urban interface is high. The treatment also benefited other threatened and endangered species to the area such as the Wound Fin Minnow, Virgin River Chub, Yuma Clapper Rail, and Desert Tortoise. The project is the first in a ten-part strategy to reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland urban interface along the Virgin River. A total of 95 acres of treatments are scheduled for 2005 and 100 acres per year for the next several years thereafter.

-June 2004