Blacks Fork River Salt Cedar
The project at Blacks Fork River and Tributaries involves the removal of tamarix (saltcedar) and other invasive species along Muddy Creek and the Black Fork Streams in southwest Wyoming, to improve and restore wetland and stream riparian areas. Maintaining and enhancing native vegetation is a priority for the area. This multiyear undertaking includes treatment for invasive species, and planting desired species to provide stream stabilization. The endeavor is a cooperative effort with the BLM Kemmerer Field Office, Uinta County Weed and Pest District, Uinta County Conservation District, Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) and many private landowners. Uinta County Weed and Pest District has partnered with WLCI over the last four years, and has been instrumental in implementing the project. Key to the success of this project is the effort and expertise provided by Chris Aimone with the Uinta County Weed and Pest District, and Carl Bezanson, with the Kemmerer BLM office. The Blacks' Fork River, Muddy Creek and tributaries traverse portions of Uinta County in Southwest Wyoming. These streams provide water for fisheries, livestock, and wildlife, as well as recreation opportunities. The Blacks Fork Basin encompasses a total of 2,849 square miles, consisting of ten 5th order HUC's and sixty five 6th order HUC's. Headwaters originate on the north slope of the Uinta Mountains in Utah and flow north into Wyoming.