Jason Pooler, of Rifle Colorado, crew leader with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, works on stacking cut Russian olive during the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteer's Tamarisk / Russian Olive volunteer work day at the Rifle Rest Area.

Volunteers removed Tamarisk

Volunteers are needed to assist Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and Garfield County

October 17, 2011

More than 45 volunteers showed up Saturday, October 15 to remove Tamarisk and Russian Olive trees in Rifle. Volunteers cut Tamarisk and Russian Olive trees to the stumps, and then stacked the slash into piles that were later shredded into chips and sent to the landfill. Applicators followed with a herbicide treatment to the cut stumps designed to stop the weed’s regrowth.

Garfield County Vegetation Manager Steve Anthony says he was very happy with the turnout, “Next time you are in the rest area take a look at the areas south of the Colorado River and you will notice that the cottonwood galleries look a lot different than they did a week ago. They are more open, and there is less Russian Olive and Tamarisk – the invasive weedy trees that crowd out the native cottonwoods.”

The event was coordinated by Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers.

Garfield County Tamarisk/Salt Cedar information

United States Department of Agriculture species profile

Closeup view of a Tamarisk tree.
Closeup view of a Tamarisk tree.