Last week, our vegetation monitoring crew, in partnership with the National Forest Service, was able to hike into Fossil Creek and take the first step in treating the Himalayan Blackberry infestation near the spring source. The blackberry is very invasive and reduces native plant populations. The crew was sent to cut the blackberry as a small test plot so the Forest Service can do herbicide treatments and monitor effectiveness in the future. For more information, contact the Red Rock Ranger District, Coconino National Forest or Ben Kowalewski, Friends of the Verde River.

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