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Russian olive removal along Bear Creek

In conjunction with the City and County of Denver, the City of Englewood, Colorado Heights University and Fort Logan National Cemetery, the City of Lakewood has received funding through an Invasive Phreatophyte Control Program Water Conservation Board grant (IPCP) to remove Russian olive trees along the lower Bear Creek watershed from Bear Creek Lake Park to the South Platte.  Work along Lakewood’s portion of the creek is scheduled to occur during the month of July, ending August 8.  Much of the removal work will take place between S. Kipling and S. Estes streets.


Russian olive is designated as a “List B” species in the Colorado Noxious Weed Act and therefore is required to be eradicated, contained or suppressed.  Russian olive prefers open, moist riparian zones, often found along streams and open areas.  It can out compete native vegetation, interfere with natural plant succession, tax water reserves and ultimately dominate riparian vegetation.


The IPCP grant provides for removal work by the Mile High Youth Corps.  Equipment and additional labor will be provided by the City of Lakewood’s Regional Parks staff. Additional efforts will be focused along the creek to control other priority noxious weeds to enhance the native vegetation.  Restoration planting will occur in these areas with native species to include narrow leaf cottonwood, American plum, woodrose, dogwood, serviceberry and choke cherry.  Information about volunteering with the restoration work will be available later this summer.


For more information, please contact the Regional Parks office at 303-697-6159.


Posted on: Tuesday, June 25, 2013