Posted on December 11, 2013 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
Conservation Seeding and Restoration recently completed several restoration projects located in the Greenhorn Subdivision near Hailey, Idaho. This area was burnt by the Beaver Creek Fire this past summer, followed by severe thunderstorms.
Soil erosion was a major concern because of the already exposed soils and little to no vegetation due to the fire. Our goal was to first stabilize and hold the soil in place, and then begin to revegetate the burnt areas.
Jute netting was installed to decrease soil movement while a custom native seed mix was broadcast and drill seeded. The native seeding will reduce sediment movement and also provide competition against invasive or non-native plants.
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Posted on December 3, 2013 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
Fall native seeding is in full swing in Wyoming! Fall is an opportune time for native seeding. The soil temperatures are consistently below 55 F and allow for periods of cold stratification.
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Posted on November 26, 2013 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
Recently we (CSR, Inc) published a Facebook post displaying 80,000 sagebrush plants growing in our Colorado greenhouse. We received an unusual amount of comments that were negative toward the plant. Everything from “It has no real uses” to “It’s simply a weed (sagebrush) and because we have so much of it already, why concern ourselves with growing more?”. I took the time to answer to people that had less than appreciative thoughts about the plant.
Unfortunately, I suspect my efforts will fall short of truly educating those people that dislike sagebrush. In the whole context of the conversation I suppose it is not a problem that someone hates the plant as long as they can understand, or at least appreciate, what that plant provides for all the other players in its environment. I think the biggest loss potential comes when people hate something (anything really) and do not understand what it puts forward in its space…
Originally published by CSR’s Steven Paulsen. CLICK HERE to continue reading in full on the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens blog.
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Posted on November 21, 2013 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
The CSR Team just completed seeding native species across 40 acres outside of Parachute, Colorado. The site was treated for cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) last fall. Seeding natives not only provides proper habitat, but also provides much needed competition for the site’s invasive species.
Without a healthy, desirable population of native plants to colonize areas of weed infestations, herbicide application or any method of control would become a never-ending cycle of pointless management. The establishment of a native plant regime closes the loop on invasive weed treatment.
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Posted on November 19, 2013 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
Dalmation Toadflax, Linaria dalmatica, infestation a year after bio-control release.
The CSR Team is using a biological control agent, the stem boring weevil Mecinus janthinus, to cause dramatic declines in Dalmation Toadflax populations in the Picabo, ID area. Most damage is done by the larva as they feed in the stem, “mining” it out.
While it takes patience and time, bio controls are extremely cost effective. This project was initiated in 2005 and the results have been exceptional with no flowering of the invasive Dalmation Toadflax for the past two years.
A high population threshold of weevils must be met for desired results. As this threshold is obtained, herbicide can be applied to the weed perimeter, keeping the weeds “in check” while the weevils do their work.
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Posted on November 15, 2013 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
“Dragonflies are important predators of insects in the ecosystems in which they live. Black saddlebags adults and larvae eat large numbers of insect pests, such as mosquitoes. Larvae and adults also provide food for predatory fish and for birds.”
Learn more about the Black saddlebag dragonfly on the BioKids website -a great resource for kids young and old.
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Posted on November 13, 2013 by Conservation Seeding & Restoration INC
Last month the CSR Team, in conjunction with the Utah Fish and Wildlife and Utah State University, completed a Russian Knapweed (Rhaponticum repens) herbicide treatment project just outside of Moab, Utah. The site was known as the Entrada Ranch and is being ‘leased’ to Utah State University and is now known as Rio Mesa. The University is using the site as a study plot.
The Knapweed infestation is extremely thick in this area. CSR treated 45 acres of this highly invasive weed and will be returning this month to seed native grasses across 42 of those acres.
Fall is usually the most effective time to treat perennial noxious weeds with herbicide. As the weather gets colder, invasive weeds begin to move growth production to the root zone, preparing for over-wintering. This treatment is generally a more successful, long-term control method because plant sugar and growth hormone movement is directed to the roots and will translocate the herbicide to this area.
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