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TamarixA Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West$
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Anna Sher and Martin F. Quigley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199898206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199898206.001.0001

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Riparian Restoration in the Context of Tamarix Control

Riparian Restoration in the Context of Tamarix Control

(p.404) 23 Riparian Restoration in the Context of Tamarix Control

Patrick B. Shafroth

David M. Merritt

Mark K. Briggs

Vanessa B. Beauchamp

Kenneth D. Lair

Michael L. Scott

Anna Sher

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the restoration of riparian systems in the context of Tamarix control—that is, Tamarix-dominated sites are converted to a replacement vegetation type that achieves specific management goals and helps return parts of the system to a desired and more natural state or dynamic. It reviews research related to restoring native riparian vegetation following tamarix control or removal. The chapter begins with an overview of objective setting and the planning of tamarix control and proceeds by emphasizing the importance of considering site-specific factors and of context in selecting and prioritizing sites for restoration. In particular, it considers valley and bottomland geomorphology, along with river flow regime and associated fluvial disturbance, surface water and groundwater availability, and soil salinity and texture. The chapter concludes with a discussion of costs and benefits associated with active, passive, and combined ecological restoration approaches, as well as the key issues to consider in carrying out restoration projects at a range of scales.

Keywords:   riparian systems, Tamarix, riparian vegetation, tamarix control, geomorphology, fluvial disturbance, surface water, groundwater, soil salinity, ecological restoration

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