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Field Trips and Workshops - Feb 6, 2020

 
Riparian Restoration Conference attendees may choose between the following options on day three, February 6th:
 
Option 1:  Palisade Insectary and Riverbend Park - Tour and Site Visit
 
  • 9 am ~ 12 pm
  • Free - Transportation and lunch not included
  • Meet at the Palisade Insectary at 9 am
  • Dress warm as a portion of the workshop will be outdoors
Carpool to the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Palisade Insectary for a short walking tour and site visit to Riverbend Park. The Palisade Insectary has long been a promoter of the use of biological control in weed and insect pest management and is home to about 20 different species of biological control agents. Join us for a closer look at these insects and the unique rearing processes, as well as general information on past and future efforts by the CDA's Biological Pest Control Program. 
 
The insectary tour will be followed by a site visit to the nearby Riverbend Park to discuss ongoing restoration that has taken place through coordinated community efforts. In June 2011, flooding of the Colorado River caused significant bank erosion at the Park.  After the flooding, Palisade's Town Board of Trustees set it as a priority to restore the vegetation that had been lost, and remove tamarisk and Russian olive. The park illuminates many stages of restoration and bank stabilization efforts in a highly utilized area. Active revegetation, initial tamarisk and Russian olive removal, and maintenance are all happening today; a great example of the many stages of restoration.
   
Choose to head home after the field visit or join us for lunch and beer around the corner at the Palisade Brewing Company.
 
 
Option 2:  Using Mycorrhizal Fungi in Restoration - Workshop and Site Visit
 
  • 9 am ~ 12 pm
  • $20 - Transportation and light snacks included
  • Meet in the West Ballroom of the University Center at 9 am
  • Dress warm as a portion of the workshop will be outdoors
Most plants benefit from associations with mycorrhizal fungi that improve plant nutrition and stress tolerance in exchange for photosynthate. The abundance and diversity of mycorrhizal fungi can be altered following land-use changes including fuel reduction activities, fire, drought, tree mortality, invasive plant species, and grazing. Does that mean that restoration projects should include additions of mycorrhizal fungi?  If so, are products available commercially likely to be helpful or should other approaches be used?  Are there options that are biologically and financially effective? This workshop will explore those questions and provide examples of how mycorrhizal fungi and other soil organisms are being used to enhance restoration outcomes in the southwestern United States. 
 
The workshop will include short talks and discussions, and a hands-on demonstration of the easiest inoculation method. Participants will have the opportunity to prepare their own riparian inoculation bin. This workshop will prepare land managers to collaborate with mycologists, and select and implement the best techniques for their own restoration projects.
 
This workshop is limited to the first 20 people.
 
 
Option 3: Post-Fire Restoration - Site Visit
 
  • 8:00 am ~ 12:00 pm
  • $20 - Transportation and light snacks included
  • Meet in the lobby of Tru by Hilton at 8:00 am
  • Dress warm
Join Ivan Archer with Colorado Parks and Wildlife for a site visit and discussion surrounding restoration after a wildfire on Skippers Island
 
The condition of Skippers Island before the fire consisted of an aged and dying Cottonwood gallery, with very little new regeneration naturally occurring. Below the cottonwoods, the area included a tangled web of downed timber, Sumac, and Privet shrubs, as well as ground cover consisting mostly of Russian knapweed. 
 
On April 19th, 2018 a brush fire near I-70 on Skippers Island burned an estimated 220 acres. The fire was pushed by wind and began burning rapidly toward I-70 prompting a full shut down of the interstate on two occasions. The fire jumped the interstate and burned right up to the RiverFront Trail, threatening a nearby business park as well as the City of Fruita's water treatment plant. 
 
Ivan will discuss plans and funding set aside to rehabilitate this area after the fire, starting first with controlling the severe Russian knapweed, tamarisk, and Russian olive infestations before replanting and reseeding with native species.
 
 
Option 4: Collaborative Restoration with Private Lands - Workshop and Panel
 
  • 8:30 am ~ 12:30 pm (time subject to change)
  • $20 - Lunch sponsored by the Natural Resource Conservation Service - Free for private landowners
  • Meet in the East Ballroom of the University Center at 8:30 am
Join us for an interactive workshop and panel that will connect public land managers and private landowners, providing an opportunity to discuss projects, funding, and other resources as it relates to restoration on private lands.
 
More information coming soon.
 
 

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