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Invasive Species Control

When the invasive Russian olive, Chinese elm, and tamarisk trees were introduced to the Chico over 100 years ago by settlers, they served as both erosion control and decoration for the mostly barren high plains of the Front Range. Unfortunately, these species (although effective at their intended purpose) caused unforeseen problems to the surrounding ecosystem.

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Hope on the Range

Over the course of the summer of 2017, I tried to grapple with understanding the meaning of the ranching heritage of the West, and, given the history of irresponsible and destructive ranching practices on western rangelands, the unique ways that ambitious biodiversity conservation is able to coexist with for-profit livestock production at a large scale at Zapata.”

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