CAMP CADY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA RESTORATION PROJECT
The objective of this continuing demonstration study is to determine the potential suitability and sustainability of selected plant materials for site restoration/revegetation on riparian salt cedar infestation sites along the Mojave River, within the Camp Cady Wildlife Management Area’s jurisdiction.
The Camp Cady water infrastructure has suffered quite a breakdown over the last few years due to age and environmental challenges. The well servicing the buildings has received a flow meter,new storage tanks and larger updated piping for distribution. While less time has been used to collect the data for the restoration plant sites,new drip system piping and plant replacement is underway.The tamarisk beetle (Diorhabda) has shown to be proliferating in the tamarisk at Camp Cady, stalling mechanical and chemical eradication measures on tamarisk trees until the damage done by the beetle can be determined. Other native plants have established in the study area showing what species will survive in the salty and sandy environment. Some nearby tamarisk have grown large enough to possibly affect the micro-habitat of the native restoration plants. The water uptake from the saltcedar may affect the nearby plants water availability, depending on the amount of stress the existing beetles are placing on the trees.Also, the partial shading from the remaining controlled saltcedar debris may affect the plant survival for these species in the sandy loam understory.