Monument Road Invasive Species Removal Project

December 30th, 2014

 

Western Regional Office
2764 Compass Dr., #232
Grand Junction, CO  81506
970) 241-3346
 
CONTACT:  John Rizza; (970) 243-5068 x 128
                                                john.rizza@colostate.edu
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
                                                                December, 1 2014

 

Monument Road Invasive Species Removal Project

 (Grand Junction, Colorado) This upcoming winter, a small woody invasive removal project will be occurring along No Thoroughfare Wash parallel to Monument Road. Colorado State University (CSU) Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tamarisk Coalition, Mesa County, City of Grand Junction, Mesa Land Trust, and other valuable partners collaborated to obtain grant funding from the Colorado River District that will help our local community treat and manage invasive riparian species on public and private lands.

Beginning in mid-December, a contractor will begin work to mechanically remove tamarisk and Russian olive trees located along the wash. Work will begin at the Lunch Loops trailhead parking area and proceed north along the wash. Materials will be chipped and broadcast on site. Removal of tamarisk and Russian olive often helps alleviate a myriad of riparian issues, while also allowing native species to become better established and dominant within the community.

Over time, this project will increase the health of the riparian system, provide increased safety along the travel corridor, and improve the hydraulic efficiency of the wash, among other benefits.  This work will take about one week to complete and during that time, traffic may be restricted to one lane of travel, so please be advised of this situation. Additionally, please maintain adequate clearance from any and all machinery and equipment due to the inherent dangers by operating machinery of this type in these conditions.

For more information on this project, please contact CSU Extension and John Rizza at 970-243-5068 x 128 or jrizza@colostate.edu or Tamarisk Coalition and Shannon Hatch at 970-256-7400 or shatch@tamariskcoalition.org. Maps and additional information are located at our website http://www.tamariskcoalition.org/programs/monument-road-project.

 

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