Chronology of the spread of tamarisk in the central Rio Grande

  title={Chronology of the spread of tamarisk in the central Rio Grande},
  author={B. Everitt},
Like many dryland rivers of the southwestern United States, the central Rio Grande suffered a collapse of its native cottonwood forests and an expansion of tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) in the early 20th century. A paramount example of an opportunistic colonizer, tamarisk occupied land made available by the plow, the bulldozer, and the shrinking of a channel depleted of flow by upstream water development. Changes in both the physical environment and the native vegetation were well underway by the… Expand

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