Nature & Science
At Fort Union the transformation from a frontier to an agricultural environment led to the reduction and extirpation of native plant species, followed by the introduction or invasion of exotics. The most notable exotics at Fort Union are crested wheat grass and smooth brome, Canada thistle and Leafy spurge.
GRASSES-Dominant native grass species include green needle grass, blue grama, western wheat grass, side oats grama and needle and thread grass.
Trees-Cottonwood trees dominate the riparian area, ash and dogwood trees also are found.
SHRUBS-Willow species, Choke cherry, and buffalo berry are the predominant shrubs.
Did You Know?
The French term engage´ (pronounced on-gah-zay)was applied to 70% of Fort Union's workforce. This group was mostly laborers, many who couldn't read, write or speak English and came from European countries.