Results and Accomplishments
The centerpiece of the restoration and reclamation plan is removal and control of the salt cedar. A chemical control program was designed to complement biological control. The NRCS provided Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) cost share funds to local producers to remove tamarisk. The Canadian River Municipal Water Authority supplemented EQIP funds, encouraging more landowners to participate, which upped the number of acres treated. The FWS endorsed the project as a way to document that a reclamation and restoration plan was being implemented. Other organizations supported the salt cedar control project by providing outreach and information.
About $324,000 in EQIP funds were dedicated to controlling salt cedar; the CRMWA matched the funds with an additional $108,000. All told, 2,000 acres were treated—more than 50 percent of the infested acres—in just the first year of the program. Funds went to eleven producers.