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    Bent's Old Fort

    National Historic Site Colorado

Nonnative Species

Nature and Science

Salt cedar (Tamarisk)

This park has a very aggressive program to control exotic plant species, particularly Tamarisk. Also known as Salt cedar, this aggressive shrub has impacted all the major river systems in the western United States. The Chihuahan Desert /Southern Shortgrass Prairie Exotic Plant Management Team has provided significant support for this project. As of June, 2004, all 350+ acres that originally infested the park had been eradicated.

Other weeds of concern on site are Russian knapweed, Canada thistle, Whitetop, Kochia, and Bindweed, but are controlled using Integrated Pest Management principles.

Did You Know?

Topographical engineers practice use of surveying equipment

Bent's Fort's accredited "Living History Encampment" usually held every odd year in June, offers teachers, interpreters and historians the opportunity to live the life of trapper, trader, topographical engineer, soldier, domestic, craftsman, laborer, and Plains Indian. More...