Invasive Plants in our Watershed
The watershed my partner and I chose to implement techniques to eliminate invasive plant species is the American River watershed. The American River drainage covers 1900 square miles of the Tahoe and El Dorado National Forests, including the Granite Chief Wilderness and Desolation Wilderness. Flowing west from the peaks of the northern Sierra Nevada west of Lake Tahoe, its streams gradually converge into the South, Middle and North Forks of the American River. It is a classic multi-use watershed, supporting mining, hydroelectric generation, timber cultivation, and many forms of recreation. A major concern in the Watershed is the presence of Invasive plants. These plant species have caused many problems with native species and seek dominance over plants similar to themselves. Invasive plants are introduced species that can thrive in areas beyond their natural range of dispersal. These plants are characteristically adaptable, aggressive, and have a high reproductive capacity. Their vigor combined with a lack of natural enemies often leads to an outbreak in population. These invasive plant species crowd out the region's traditional plant life, converting a healthy diversity of species into an unhealthy monoculture. These plants are to be avoided, managed, or removed throughout the watershed. The main goal involved in dealing with these invasive species is to terminate as many of them as possible. We intend to accomplish this by hosting a contest where the task is to exterminate any invasive species that cross their path. The incentive to participate would be a cash prize and it would be based upon the total number of pounds of invasive species terminated. The word will get out about this event through newspaper, online or word of mouth. To make this all run smoothly, volunteers will be needed and there must be permission from the California department of fish and game for the course of action to be taken under legal terms. As...
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