Water is the most precious resource in our perpetually dry desert, but unfortunately, persistent drought conditions are threatening the lower Cottonwood Springs wetland riparian area in Red Rock Canyon. To restore this important area to proper functioning condition, the Save Red Rock Water Stewards have engaged a team of biologists to develop a comprehensive long term management plan.
Biologist Gary Reese, a bird expert with the division of Forestry, is leading the project. He is using his expertise to ensure the tamarisk is safely removed to prevent further growth, without disturbing any local or migrating bird populations.
Tamarisk is an invasive, non-native flowering plant that selfishly soaks up over 200 gallons of water per plant, per day. Further, it adds toxins and salt to the surrounding soil, killing native vegetation and ruining the habitat.
Thanks to a grant from NV Energy, teams of fire fighters were engaged to safely remove the tamarisk and dead vegetation and restore native life to the springs.
Save Red Rock looks forward to continuing our partnership with Gary Reese to repair the lower Cottonwood Springs.