Scientists develop current and future habitat suitability maps for invasive tamarisk species
Tamarisks are shrubs or small trees considered by some to be among the most aggressively invasive and potentially detrimental exotic plants in the United States. Climate change has the potential to significantly affect the species habitat and distribution. Understanding invasive species distribution and habitat is critical for early detection and to coordinate management responses and eradicate species before they become widely established. Therefore, scientists developed maps that illustrate where tamarisk currently grows in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and where future habitat conditions may facilitate its spread. These maps will help public land managers and private landowners in tamarisk eradication efforts.