Invasive Russians: City of Greeley tackles Russian olive trees to make room for native Colorado trees

The Greely Tribune
January 2nd, 2018

Karen Scopel doesn't hate weeds.

She's been known to make salad out of purslane to showcase the benefits and uses of common garden weeds. She has no beef with natural weeds growing among the grasses in Greeley's natural areas.

But Scopel, the natural areas coordinator for the city of Greeley, knows some weeds have to go.

Some 40 years ago, soil conservation groups promoted Russian olive trees as good windbreak trees, Scopel said, so they were used in landscaping. Now they're the enemy... Read the full story, here.

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