- September 03, 2014
- Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen
All along the Missouri River are willows and cotton woods. Unfortunately both of these trees take a long time to grow and because of change to the river, are having issues setting down their roots.
Dams that spot the Missouri River make it hard for the natural flooding to occur. This flooding helps Willows grow and it also delivers the much needed water to the Cotton Woods.
Dams aren’t the only issue though. Trees like Russian Olive and Salt Ceder are taking over, depriving the native trees of water. The organization Friends Of the Missouri have recognized these issues and wish to make a change.
Since there is little to be done about the dams at the moment, Friends of the Missouri have focused on removing invasive plants such as the Russian Olive and Salt Ceder.
With GPS and many, many liters of water, Purple crew hiked all over the surrounding area, hunting for both Salt Ceder and Russian Olive. We were to mark our location on the GPS every time we came across one of these plants, coming back later to remove the plant.
Mapping and removing trouble plant life wasn’t the only thing that we did out there on the river side. We also installed underground drip systems through out the camp site. The drip system would help water the area, giving recently planted Cotton woods the water they need and adding to the prevention of grass fires.
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