The CSR Crew recently traveled the Ruby Pipeline in Utah, collecting Vexar compostable netting. As you can see in the photographed planting zone above, the 2011 installed sagebrush had reached sufficient growth to warrant Vexar removal.
These photodegradable, plastic browse deterrents allow newly installed native plants to grow roots deep enough to withstand being pulled up by wildlife.
“The Sage Grouse Initiative partnered with the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center to unravel the secrets of sagebrush plant community change in this 23-minute instructional video designed to help conservationists and landowners manage for more resilient sage grouse habitats. The video uses small plots in a field demonstration to recreate sagebrush community responses to disturbance through time pre- and post-cheatgrass, introduce ecological state and transition concepts, and illustrate how this information can inform management strategies.”
“I am often asked when the best time to plant is, and just as often “when is the best time to seed?” I realized the other day that my answers have become comfortably systematic based on where I am when the question is asked. This made me think that even though it is a simple topic, a short outline of those systematic answers would be beneficial.
One of the most important steps in a restoration process is delivering the genetic materials appropriate to a site and installing them with the best chance of success. All the planning, seed collecting, soil testing, plant propagation, and site preparation would be for nothing if you failed to install the genetics (seed or plant) at the appropriate time of year”
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Mirabilis multiflora blooming at our Southern Idaho nursery.
Stumbling across a blooming Colorado Four-O’clock while hiking is a special thing. They look out of place in the desert – oddly lush, almost tropical, and certainly exotic.
“Blooming nearly half the year, from April to mid-September, the Four-O’Clock (Mirabilis multiflora) opens a mass of fragrant blossoms in the afternoon, thus acquiring it’s common name. Drought tolerant. This rapidly growing plant is long-lived and undemanding. It is useful as a ground cover, is used for erosion control, and is attractive draping a retaining wall.
This night-blooming species is visited by many nocturnal insects, including the hawkmoths Sphinx chersis and Eumorpha achemon, as well as pollen-collecting bees visiting at dusk and dawn. Also attracts hummingbird and quail.
This plant has a long and varied history with many Native peoples, uses that differ even among clans. The Navajos make a tea from it, a light purplish-brown dye for wool, use the plant internally for rheumatism, externally as an oral aid for mouth disorders, and use the roots as a poultice to reduce swellings. The Western Keres use the dried leaves as a tobacco substitute. The Hopi use the unusually heavy root as an anchor in bird traps, an antiseptic for wounds on their horses; a blood strengthener for pregnant women; and to induce visions while making a diagnosis. The Zuni mix the powdered root into their bread dough to suppress appetite. Other Native peoples use the plant to treat indigestion, eye infections and colic in babies. The leaves steeped in oil and applied to the throat and back help reduce a dry heat fever.”
The CSR Restoration Team was recently in Boise, Idaho working on a project within the Castle Rock Reserve. A custom native seed mix was installed along existing paths to assist in revegetation efforts. Erosion matting and native plants were included to help distinguish proper trails, encouraging folks to stay on the path.