Tackling tamarisk

May 25, 1998

The exotic woody shrub known as tamarisk or saltcedar has infested the West's river systems, but scientists are divided over how to fight it, or whether it is even possible to do so in a degraded landscape.


Tackling tamarisk
The exotic woody shrub known as tamarisk or saltcedar has infested the West's river systems, but scientists are divided over how to fight it, or whether it is even possible to do so in a degraded landscape.


Killing tamarisk frees water
New Mexico's dried-up, tamarisk-choked Spring Lake comes back to life when the tamarisk is removed, inspiring the Pecos River Native Riparian Restoration Project to tackle tamarisk on the river.
Fighting exotics with exotics
Entomologist Jack DeLoach's proposal to release exotic insects to fight the exotic tamarisk raises questions about the successes and pitfalls of biocontrol.


It only seems cruel to fool a fish
An angler argues with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals over whether or not fishing is cruel.
The battle for Crozier Canyon
Arizona's Crozier Canyon and Route 66 deserve protection from those who want to mine their red boulders to sell to landscapers.

Book Reviews

Snow geese have become too plentiful
Snow geese have become so plentiful that they are devouring their Canada tundra nesting grounds, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to greatly increase hunting and bring the population down.
Seaside dinosaurs
Dinosaur tracks found in Red Gulch near Shell, Wyo., indicate that not all the area was under the Sundance Sea during the Middle Jurassic.
Survey says: Go wild!
A survey shows that almost four out of five Colorado voters are in favor of wilderness.
Hot and beautiful
A report by the U.S. Geological Survey, "Tapping the Earth's Natural Heat," discusses geothermal power and its possible impacts on the environment.
Glen Canyon Institute's expanded Web site
Glen Canyon Institute has an expanded Web site dedicated to the restoration of Glen Canyon Dam.
Star Valley Historical Society
Wyoming's Star Valley Historical Society hosts a summer trek June 26-28 for historical society members.
Colorado Sen. Wayne Allard and Idaho Sen. Larry Craig
Both Republican senators Wayne Allard and Larry Craig aren't happy about the Colorado BLM's recent reinventory of potential wilderness areas. They'll discuss it June 6 in Grand Junction, Colo.
Natural Resource Laws and Public Lands Protection Conference
The American Wildlands and the Law Fund is sponsoring a conference on laws pertaining to the environment June 12-13 in Bozeman, Mont.
Summer Fishtrap Gathering and Workshops
The 11th annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering will take place July 6-12 in eastern Oregon.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Jim Furnish; Nev. Test Site tourism; drowning; fighting off a lion in Colo.; Nevada Barr defends lions; Portland, Ore., tries free bike program again; traffic ticket called sexual deviance; snowboarder survives slide; golden parachutes for Pegasus execs.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
Upcoming Salt Lake City potluck; visitors; HCN needs volunteers; new office sign; books by HCN readers; correction; summer intern Taffeta Elliott


Exotic predators swallow the Southwest's native frogs
The Southwest's native frogs are falling prey to non-native bullfrogs and predatory fishes, whose rapid spread is encouraged by man-made habitat changes.
How California poisoned a small town
The California Dept. of Fish and Game's decision to poison Lake Davis to kill non-native pike has had dire effects on the nearby town of Portola's water supply and economy.
The Wayward West
Jim Baca denounces bill that chops Petroglyph Nat'l Monument; Gov. Leavitt picks developers over enviros for water board; two hantavirus fatalities; STENCH fights Colo. hog farms; killer bees in Nev.; USDA will revamp controversial organic standards.
Ranchers fight a railroad
Ranchers in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming vow to fight a planned railroad extension by the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern.
Turning a vista into a mess
An Arizona man's mining of red rock to sell to landscapers rouses opposition from lovers of Route 66 and Hualapai Indians who view the land as sacred.
Ruckus on a recreation river
The Forest Service's plan to cut whitewater rafting numbers on Idaho's popular Middle Fork of the Salmon rouses opposition from commercial boaters.
Five Navajos say Utah cheated their tribe
Some Utah Navajos say the state of Utah has cheated the tribe of at least $52 million in oil and gas money.
Land swap splits conservationists
Saguaro National Park's recent land swap added 632 acres to the park in exchange for 4,332 acres of land north of Phoenix, and some say the trade sacrificed too much land.
Monumental deal over Utah's trust lands
A surprising agreement between Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt trades state-owned school trust lands in Grand Staircase-Escalante for federal lands elsewhere in Utah - and everyone seems to be happy about it.
A summer like no other looms ahead
El Nino has brought an early fire season with a promise of a dry summer ahead for the Northern Rockies, while the Southwest and Southeast are seeing fewer fires than usual.


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