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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Our World - Part 8 - Rafting the Colorado River Day 2 - Talking tamarisk

01 Colorado River GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)
Rafting on the Colorado River brought almost indescribable joy…

11 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, that is interesting. It sounds like the beetle may be much cheaper than manual methods also.

Elaine said...

It's amazing how many plants that were introduced to solve a problem have ended up being a much greater problem. There is a big push here to control the invasive weeds that are choking out the natural vegetation. Hopefully that tiny bettle will help control the Tamarisk and not create any new problems.

dAwN said...

hope that plant is controlled and eradicated! I have been trying to pull out Beauty Berry vines here in my familys garden..No native and highly invasive. Liked the video..So do the rafts have motors? I thought I heard one.

eileeninmd said...

I hope this plant is under controll. Very cool that they have a beetle doing the work now. Interesting post, thanks for sharing.

Kcalpesh said...

Looks like fun and adventure all the way... nice captures...

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Arija said...

We too have non-native Tamarisk but it does not go rampant here. Our soil is saline and it has such pretty flowers.
Loved to see you shooting the rapids . . . WOW!
What an experience the rafting trip is for you!
Enjoy every minute.

Small City Scenes said...

Well at least you had some work to do. Very interesting info. It seems everytime we wise Americans introduce some new idea it goes rampant and take over anything native. I am fighting Canary Reed Grass also introduced for bank erosin and then took over and is hard to eradicate.

Poor Walter........MB

Red Nomad OZ said...

I hope the program is successful - and doesn't go the way of Australia's poorly researched release of cane toads to control sugar cane pests. They're now taking over the whole country!

Good luck!!

Firefly said...

In South Africa we also have huge problems with invader species, specially from Australia, that force our indigenous species and use a lot of water.

Francisca said...

Rafting the Colorado River is now on my bucket list! Fantastic! I believe I've seen tamarisk, but didn't know it could be invasive. Interesting solution.

Janie said...

Rafting the rapids looks like a lot of fun. Sure hope the tamarisk leaf beetle works to get rid of the tamarisks. The tamarisks have taken over along many streams around here.

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