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Restoration ecology and invasive riparian plants: An introduction to the special section on Tamarix spp. in western North America

January 1, 2008

River systems around the world are subject to various perturbations, including the colonization and spread of non-native species in riparian zones. Riparian resource managers are commonly engaged in efforts to control problematic non-native species and restore native habitats. In western North America, small Eurasian trees or shrubs in the genus Tamarixoccupy hundreds of thousands of hectares of riparian lands, and are the targets of substantial and costly control efforts and associated restoration activities. Still, significant information gaps exist regarding approaches used in control and restoration efforts and their effects on riparian ecosystems. In this special section of papers, eight articles address various aspects of control and restoration associated with Tamarix spp. These include articles focused on planning restoration and revegetation; a synthetic analysis of past restoration efforts; and several specific research endeavors examining plant responses, water use, and various wildlife responses (including birds, butterflies, and lizards). These articles represent important additions to the Tamarix spp. literature and contain many lessons and insights that should be transferable to other analogous situations in river systems globally.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2008
Title Restoration ecology and invasive riparian plants: An introduction to the special section on <i>Tamarix</i> spp. in western North America
DOI 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2007.00362.x
Authors Patrick B. Shafroth, Mark K. Briggs
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Restoration Ecology
Series Number
Index ID 70180885
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center