The Dolores River Restoration Partnership is enhancing habitat by engaging local contractors, community volunteers and conservation corps crews. Economical pest management practices are helping control nonnative, invasive plants such as tamarisk and Russian knapweed, as well as to re-establish native plants in the historic floodplain. This project is a continuation of work funded through the Colorado Super Fund in Fiscal Year 2017.
• Restoration technicians from Western Colorado Conservation Corps applying follow-up herbicide treatments on 51 acres of public lands administered by the Grand Junction Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management
• Seventeen students (Grades 6-12) from the Gateway School are learning about the principles and practices of habitat enhancement; planting native tree, shrub and grass species at the 3.7-acre restoration site; and monitoring habitat enhancement variables at the site throughout the school year
• A new stewardship group, composed of 15-20 volunteer members from three partner organizations, are making additional site habitat enhancements during volunteer workdays hosted by the DRRP
• Species benefitting: Wild turkey, mule deer and black bear get better forage; songbird nesting habitat improves; and small mammals and turkeys enjoy better cover and security
Partners: Mesa County Division of Pest Management, the Gateway School, adjacent landowners, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Western Colorado Conservation Corps, Southwest Conservation Corps, Bureau of Land Management and Colorado State University Extension Service