U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Cody Field Office
|Release Date: 06/23/11|
Partners Plant Shrubs for Wildlife
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office, Marathon Oil Corporation, Meadowlark Audubon Society and National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) came together on a recent Saturday to plant 650 shrubs on public land along the Shoshone River east of Lovell, Wyo.
More than 30 volunteers planted the shrubs to replace invasive Russian olive, which the BLM mechanically and chemically removed from this area two years ago. Russian olive can take control of river bottoms and out-compete native vegetation in the cottonwood understory. Deer, waterfowl, turkey, pheasant and other wildlife species benefit when Russian olive is removed and space is made for native vegetation to flourish.
NWTF’s Energy for Wildlife program provided the funds to purchase the hundreds of shrubs. “Silver buffalo berry is the native shrub-of-choice because it produces a fruit similar to the Russian olive’s but doesn’t out-compete other native vegetation,” said BLM Wildlife Biologist Destin Harrell. “This results in a diversity of flora for wildlife.” Skunkbush sumac, golden currant and cottonwood trees were also planted.
Mike Williams, environmental supervisor for Marathon’s Wyoming Asset Team, anticipates that this project will help Marathon plan future habitat improvements. “We’ll be able to learn from our collaborative success on this project and then apply those lessons to other riparian habitat projects on private property elsewhere in Wyoming,” Williams said.
The 300 acre river tract where the workday took place is part of the greater Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area. The Yellowtail Coordinated Resource Management (CRM) group has worked for the past several years to improve riparian habitat in this area and on adjacent private lands. The CRM is truly a collaborative effort, with funding primarily from the Wyoming Natural Resource Trust Board, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, BLM, Wyoming Game and Fish Department Trust Fund, National Park Service, and NWTF. The BLM’s Cody and Worland field offices have provided much of the labor with staff from fire, fuels and range programs. The recent volunteer shrub-planting day continues the riparian habitat improvement work of the CRM.
“This is public land. It belongs to all of us so we’re chipping in to make it better,” said Williams. “It will feel good to come back here in the future and see the improvements we made today.”
For more information, please contact Harrell at 307-578-5900.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 06-23-2011|
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