Sand Creek Russian Olive Project To Begin In Oglala Grasslands

November 17th, 2014
By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 11/14/2014 10:09 AM
(CHADRON)- Pine Ridge District Ranger Tim Buskirk signed a decision memo this week to begin work on the Sand Creek Russian Olive Project in Sand Creek drainages and other infested areas of the Oglala National Grassland. The goal of the project is to improve the health of the riparian areas on the Oglala National Grasslands by removing the invasive Russian olive trees that have taken a foothold over the years. 
Buskirk said, “We are excited to get this project moving forward. Management of invasive species is a high priority for us. Projects like this are important in improving the health and resilience of riparian areas and our grasslands as a whole.”
According to Buskirk, the Russian olive trees and shrubs will be mechanically removed and then stumps will be treated with a chemical herbicide. Re-seeding with native species will be done in areas where needed. While most of the work will be completed by next summer, continued monitoring and treatment will be done as needed. The project is being done in partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation. 

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