Symposium Takes Aim At Stopping Spread Of Tamarisk

Researchers from around the world join interested companies in Grand Junction Wednesday to hear about the latest methods from controlling salt cedar at the 2005 Tamarisk Symposium. The symposium combines lectures, displays and on–the–ground demonstrations to become the preeminent conference on tamarisk.

The plant originates in China and has taken over waterways in the west. One area of interest to attendees is the use of biological controls such as beetles to control tamarisk. The insect has recently been approved for use in Western Colorado.

Tamarisk crowds out native species amd provides poor wildlife habitat. Each tamarisk destroyed could also put as much as 300 gallons of water back into western waterways every day.

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