Pursuing the invaders

Joshua Tree staff and community volunteers actively pursue invasive exotic plants. Since the 1970s, we’ve removed over 6,700 tamarisk plants, 15,000 Asian mustard plants, 1,000 tumbleweeds, and 1,200 bunches of fountaingrass. That’s a lot of sweat! As a result, our springs are clean of tamarisk and fountaingrass and water is available for animals. We continue efforts with mustard and fountaingrass, and remain vigilant in monitoring all of our weed sites.

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