2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:38:58 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] NATURAL RESOURCES, REUSE: "Weed crew beats back invasive cheatgrass at Fort Ord, " CA
Weed crew beats back invasive cheatgrass at Fort Ord

Sue Hubbard
Bureau of Land Management
June 29, 2012

The Fort Ord National Monument weed crew sprang into action this spring to beat back an invasive pest that has taken over miles of rangeland in the West.

As the weed crew returned from the Memorial Day holiday they learned that a grass which had been collected the week before had been positively identified as Bromus tectorum also known as cheat grass or downy brome, said Supervisory Biological Science Technician Susan Hubbard.

After surveying the site, they found patches of cheat grass within a 5-acre area on a former firing range that had undergone a prescribed burn followed by ordnance removal.

Most of the cheat grass was already forming seeds and the plants had turned brown so applying herbicide was not an option. In addition, there were two species of federal protected plants growing in and around the cheat grass. Due to the possibility of unexploded ordnance, the plants couldn’t be dug out.


For the entire release, see
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsbytes/ 2012/537xtra_cheatgrass_fortord.html


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545
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