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Tamarisk Research Conference

The 2006 Tamarisk Research Conference, titled “Current Status and Future Directions,” was held October 3-4, 2006, in Fort Collins, CO. The conference brought together up to 300 researchers and land managers, who are the end users of researchers' efforts, to present the latest information on topics like remote sensing, geo-spatial modeling, and forecasting. The program also presented impact assessments on hydrologic systems, habitat quality, restoration, genetics, and the economics of tamarisk and associated invasive species.

The non-native tamarisk is one of the most destructive invasive species in the United States, occupying hundreds of thousands of acres in arid and semi-arid western North America. Millions of dollars have been spent in recent years to manage this species for reasons such as water salvage, fire hazard mitigation, wildlife habitat improvement, recreational access, and native vegetation restoration. The conference brought tamarisk researchers together at a single venue to share their results with other scientists and western land managers so that future management efforts can be guided by high quality reliable research.


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