Saltcedar: Is Burning an Option?

Saltcedar, an invasive plant genus, is diffi cult to eliminate. A 2001–2002 research project, partially funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, investigated burning as a tool to combat the growth and spread of saltcedar in Western riparian environments. It also evaluated the subsequent survival characteristics of saltcedar after the prescribed burn. The research was performed by a team from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Read more...

The Thirsty Tree: Confronting Invasive Salt Cedar in the American Southwest

Salt cedar trees grow rampantly in the Middle East, Asia, and parts of Africa, accustomed to harsh landscapes with little rain. They first appeared on the East Coast of America in the early 1800s, carried over the sea and sold to plant nurseries as ornamental shrubs. The brushy trees flourished in saline soils, their grey-green leaves rough-textured with salt. Scientists call the species Tamarix, but most people know it by the nickname “salt cedar” or tamarisk. Read more...

Estimating Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) Biomass in Northeastern Kansas

Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) has been growing rapidly across the United States; and Kansas’ Tall Grass Prairie in particular (Norris, Johnson, Blair, 2001). This decreases the amount of both prairie and crop land across the state. Its presence in the prairie has lead to discussions about how the species should be maintained, put to use, or eradicated completely. More recently, the idea of utilizing Redcedar as a source of biofuel energy has become a key talking point in several arenas (McKinley, 2012). Read more...

Western Juniper - Its Impact and Management in Oregon Rangelands

Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) has been growing rapidly across the United States; and Kansas’ Tall Grass Prairie in particular (Norris, Johnson, Blair, 2001). This decreases the amount of both prairie and crop land across the state. Its presence in the prairie has lead to discussions about how the species should be maintained, put to use, or eradicated completely. More recently, the idea of utilizing Redcedar as a source of biofuel energy has become a key talking point in several arenas (McKinley, 2012). Read more...

INVASIVE SPECIES

Control of non-native plant or tree species is a component of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program. The PFW program works with private landowners across the region to control and eradicate invasive vegetation in native grasslands, riparian areas, and streams. Read more...

Chinese Tallow: A Threat to Texas’ Forests. Fourth of the “Dirty Dozen”

It is estimated that 100 million acres in the United States are already affected by invasive exotic plants. This acreage increases annually by an area twice the size of Delaware. Although the acreage of exotic plants in Texas is not known, foreign invasive species are having an increasingly negative impact on native plants and animals in the Lone Star State. The exotic pests discussed in the previous three articles currently are not known to be present or established in Texas; but this month’s pest, Chinese tallow, is well-known and has become widely distributed in the state. Read more...

Tamarix Ramosissima: Salt Cedar

Tamarix ramosissima is a rampantly invasive shrub that has dominated riparian zones of arid climates. A massive invasion of T. ramosissmia in the western United States has dominated over a million acres. Typically found in conjunction with other Tamarix species and resultant hybrids, T. ramosissima displaces native plants, drastically alters habitat and food webs for animals, depletes water sources, increases erosion, flood damage, soil salinity, and fire potential. Read more...

Case Study: Salt Cedar

Saltcedar is a serious problem in the southwest, where water is scarce, because it uses very large amounts of water. A full grown tree can use up to 300 gallons of water per day. This species can lower the water table and dry up springs, pools, and small streams. Read more...