Monday, February 7, 2011

Sahara Mustard: The Challenge of Eradicating an Invasive Exotic to Preserve Our Native Wildflowers...

Henderson Road
Henderson Road in Anza Borrego Desert
State Park.  A photographer's favorite, this
location is well-known for its vast expanses
of Spring wildflowers.  This was shot in 2010.
That lush green carpet you see behind the
Sand Verbena and Desert Gold is mainly
Sahara Mustard. As a result of its amazing
proliferation, not nearly as many native
plants flourish here now as they have in
years past.
Although this battle has been going on for a while, it's becoming more and more urgent that action is taken to stop the spread of Sahara Mustard across the deserts of the Southwest. There already are a number of programs underway to organize volunteers to get rid of this year's mustard crop in several areas. For more information and ways to get involved, here are a few links to check out:  Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce - web page on mustard eradication; USGS Western Ecological Research Center - discussion on weed removal and habitat restoration, Morongo Basic Conservation Organization - info page on Sahara Mustard; Anza Borrego Foundation's Sahara Mustard Task ForceArizona-Sonoran Desert Museum - info page on eradication of "Invaders" such as mustard and other exotic species.

6 comments:

  1. I found your post comments while searching Google. Very relevant especially as this is not an issue which a lot of peaople are conversant with….

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