On behalf of Senator Harry Reid, we welcome you today. It is appropriate that this conference be held in Nevada, because saltcedar is an extensive problem in Nevada, with severe infestations in the Walker River basin and Humboldt basin. Currently there are a number of efforts underway in Nevada to control saltcedar, including projects in the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Humboldt River Basin, Mason Valley Wildlife Refuge, and the Walker River Paiute tribe/Walker River basin.
Senator Reid recognizes the seriousness of this infestation, and will speak at a hearing on invasive species and their impacts, scheduled for Thursday (September 19, 1996) in the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Many Federal agencies, state agencies, and private groups need to work together to develop the most effective way to control this noxious weed, and to focus attention, energy and funding on this menace. This conference is an important step in that direction. It provides an opportunity for people who are involved in tamarix control efforts to get together and share ideas.
Senator Reid is excited that so many focused, professional individuals have come together today. We're glad you're here and hope that you all with leave with a plan.
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For information on the outcome of this workshop or integrated weed management in the Pacific Region (Region 1), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, OR, contact: Scott_Stenquist@fws.gov
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