News Release

Larimer County Russian Olive Project

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Sep 6, 2013

Contact:

Pam Mayhew, Volunteer Coordinator, (970) 679-4552, pmayhew@larimer.org

 Volunteers with Larimer County Natural Resources and the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) collaborated in an effort to remove approximately 100 invasive Russian Olive trees in eastern Larimer County.  Russian Olives are non-native trees that create environmental concerns throughout the county.  These trees invade river corridors, strain water resources, form impenetrable thickets and displace native plants. Without removal, these trees can take over entire river bottoms.

 
The work took place in the Three Bell Conservation Easement, a private property located along the Poudre River. The wildlife habitat on this property is permanently protected through a conservation easement held by Larimer County. Conservation easements are an important part of the Larimer County Open Lands Program because these areas remain open space in private hands.  Funding for the Open Lands Program comes from the ¼ cent Help Preserve Open Spaces sales tax.
 
Through a cooperative agreement with the landowner, the area was targeted for Russian Olive removal due to the high concentration of these plants on the property. Removing Russian Olives on private property reduces the risk of new growth on nearby properties, including River Bluffs Open Space to the south, a Larimer County open space.
The joint effort brought the skills of the CSFS foresters and volunteers and the County volunteer team together to have a major impact in an area needing improvement.
 
Service projects supported by volunteers offer community members an opportunity to share in protecting, improving and saving the natural resources in Larimer County.  For more information on how you can get involved in upcoming community projects contact Pam Mayhew, Larimer County Natural Resources Volunteer Coordinator at pmayhew@larimer.org or 970.679.4552.
 
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