Zooey Diggory and Glen Leverich will be presenting at the annual meeting of the southwest chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration held November 20–22 in Tucson, Arizona.
During her presentation entitled “Multi-benefit floodplain vegetation management for the El Rio Reach of the Gila River,” Zooey will discuss the multi-faceted vegetation management plan currently in development by the Flood Control District of Maricopa County and Stillwater Sciences. The plan is being designed to maximize the removal of non-native saltcedar (Tamarix spp.) to achieve flood-risk reduction goals, take advantage of the imminent arrival of the tamarisk leaf beetle (a biological control insect), and enhance native vegetation and habitat while accounting for future climate, land use, and water availability conditions. This presentation will describe the components of the vegetation management plan, as well as physical and biological underpinnings for the plan components.
Meanwhile, Glen will present a poster entitled “Application of an Ecohydrological Approach to Guiding Riparian Restoration Planning, Upper Gila River, Arizona” that discusses a recent ecohydrological assessment that identified restoration sites based on consideration of natural and anthropogenic factors that, together, influence restoration opportunities. Data collected included high-resolution remote-sensing products, GIS-based delineation of channel migration, and vegetation field mapping. These data along with other information generated, including pre-biocontrol vegetation monitoring and flycatcher-habitat modeling, were synthesized to produce a comprehensive restoration plan that highlighted those areas of the river best suited for active restoration and, ultimately, assisted watershed managers in development and prioritization of ecologically appropriate restoration strategies.
For more information, visit the conference website: http://sersw2015.wix.com/conference#
Posted November 16, 2015