New Strategies Seek To Limit Invasive Species

Near Medicine Bow Forest, there’s a scenic road that cuts in between a valley. The north face is shaded, covered with small flowers, trees, and dark green plant life — edible to deer and small animals. The south face doesn’t look so good.

Lindsey Wheat, Supervisor at the Albany County Weed and Pest Council, said, “You see over here on this slope, you see nothing but rocks, cheat grass, not a lot of animals are going to hang out in there.”

She said the ecosystem is ruined on this side of the valley – it would look like the north slope if not for the cheat grass killing off native plant species and ruining the soil quality. It’s a thin, foot tall, grass originally brought to the states as packing material.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

“You don’t respond to the invasion until there are 1000 acres and it’s very obvious something went wrong.” Tekiela said, “and at that point, it’s too late. You’re never going to eradicate 1000 acre invasion, 100-acre invasion in fact!” 

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