State Wildlife Grant - T-20-R

Project Title

Removal of Russian Olive Trees and Other Woody Vegetation in Grassland, Wetland, and Riparian Habitats

Target Species

Numerous grassland and wetland associated species

Timeline

May 2007 – Dec. 2008

Investigators

Jeb Williams ND Game and Fish Department

Description

The Russian olive, with its tendency to spread quickly, is a menace to riparian woodlands, threatening strong, native species such as cottonwood and willow trees. They are responsible for out competing native vegetation, interfering with natural plant succession and nutrient cycling in marshlands in the western United States. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will purchase a Timber Ax for removing Russian olive and other woody encroachment from state owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). Controlling the spread of Russian olive and other unwanted woody encroachment, such as Siberian Elm, on North Dakota Game and Fish Department WMA’s will enhance wildlife habitat for grassland and wetland birds and restore riparian areas.