The Bureau of Land Management is introducing a new species to wild areas to try and ward off tamarask. The Tamarisk Leaf Beetle will be released in areas of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area just west of Grand Junction, as well as areas in Yuma and Adams Counties.
The Tamarisk Leaf Beetle eats only tamarisk, which makes it an effective natural control for the pesky plant. The beetle has been released in other areas and those areas have seen a noticable reduction in the amount of tamarisk.
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