The 2006 Tamarisk Research Conference: Current Status and Future Directions

October 3 & 4, 2006; Fort Collins Hilton, Fort Collins, Colorado

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The non-native tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) occupies hundreds of thousands of acres in arid and semi-arid western North America. Millions of dollars have been spent in recent years to manage this species, and legislation to address this problem—The Salt Cedar and Russian Olive Control Demonstration Act —was signed into law on October 11, 2006.

The 2006 Tamarisk Research Conference was held to bring tamarisk researchers together at a single venue to share their results with other scientists and western land managers so that future management efforts can be guided by the state-of-the-science. The conference was also designed to promote dialogue between researchers and managers to identify future research needs for the development of effective policy and management decisions. The conference exceeded expectations in achieving these goals. At the 2006 Tamarisk Research Conference, over 200 scientists, western land managers, and policy-makers came together to listen to over 80 presentations on the latest tamarisk science. Three land managers from diverse backgrounds presented their views to a general session on managers’ research needs and several presentations were given on current policy. Several breakout session discussions were held and summaries of those discussions were written. The informal summaries, presenter abstracts, and several presentations and posters have been archived on this site to further disseminate the latest science and topics on tamarisk research.

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