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Science Brief for Resource Managers: Effects of Biocontrol and Restoration on Wildlife in Southwestern Riparian Habitats


2017-09-12 22:15:24
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2017-09-12 22:18:24
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2013-03-01 06:00:00
End Date
2015-03-01 05:59:59


LCC Network Data Steward(Point of Contact), Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative(Cooperator/Partner), Heather L Bateman(Principal Investigator), Matthew J. Johnson(Co-Investigator), Michael Kuehn(Co-Investigator), Robert Dobbs(Co-Investigator), Tom Dudley(Co-Investigator), Arizona Game and Fish Department(Cooperator/Partner), Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office(Cooperator/Partner), Northern Arizona University(Cooperator/Partner), U.S. Geological Survey(Cooperator/Partner), US FWS: Arizona Ecological Services Office(Cooperator/Partner), Utah Division of Wildlife Resources(Cooperator/Partner), Walton Family Foundation(Cooperator/Partner), 2017-09-12(creation), 2017-09-12(lastUpdate), 2013-03-01(Start), 2015-02-28(End), Science Brief for Resource Managers: Effects of Biocontrol and Restoration on Wildlife in Southwestern Riparian Habitats,


Description: Invasive saltcedar is the third most abundant tree in Southwestern riparian systems. Resource managers must often balance the goals of protecting native wildlife species and habitats with the control of non-native and invasive plants. This project examined the impact of the tamarisk leaf beetle (a biocontrol agent) on amphibian and reptile (herpetofauna) and bird populations and communities along the Virgin River in Utah, Arizona and Nevada.Building on two years of pre-biocontrol monitoring, the researchers tracked changes in herpetofauna communities as the biocontrol entered a system dominated by a non-native plant species. The tamarisk leaf beetle is known to be eaten by several wildlife species. It also causes defoliation [...]


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