Inventory, characterization and management of saltcedar

Project Description

Conduct an inventory and characterization of saltcedar (SC) coverage, potential refugia, and fish passage barriers; develop plan for prioritized, stepwise, sustainable SC management within upper Brazos River drainages including SOPs for SC surveying and monitoring. Implement prioritized, large-scale SC management that is adaptive to periodic reevaluation based on monitoring results.

Conservation Area


NFCA Objectives

Project Hierarchy: 1
Estimated Cost Range: ~$300,000 - $500,000
Project Submitted By: Kevin Mayes, Monica McGarrity
Suggested Contact: Kevin Mayes, Monica McGarrity, Duane Lucia, Brad Wolaver, Gene Wilde, Allen Knutson, Omar Bocanegra

Plan for prioritized, stepwise, sustainable saltcedar management across the Southern Great Plains NFCA; Maps of saltcedar coverage, potential refugia, and fish passage barriers; SOPs for surveying saltcedar coverage consistently over time and across basins; framework for evaluation and prioritization of treatment efforts (with periodic reevaluation/reprioritization); SOPs for monitoring effects of treatment; mitigation of impacts of an invasive species likely to be synergistically increased by climate change; improvements in geomorphic processes, habitat, and connectivity at a scale relevant for long-term persistence of native fish populations.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Geological Survey, Univ. of Texas, Brazos River Authorityzos River Authority

TPWD, USFWS, SARP, LCCs, GPFHP, Brazos River Authority, cities (e.g. Lubbock, Abilene)

Project Status

  • Suggested
  • Ongoing
  • Completed

Project Location

Upper Brazos River basin - upstream of Possum Kingdom - prioritization of treatment will take place across all critical, essential, and utilized habitats within these basins.