Battle against Russian olive trees waged for second year

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Battle against Russian olive trees waged for second year

Invasive plant chokes out native trees, harms watershed
Amanda Kuenzi with Mountain Studies Institute examines leaves with Southwest Conservation Corps’ Graham Hornock on Saturday during year two of a project aimed at removing Russian olives. Originally introduced for ornamental landscaping, the invasive plant chokes out native trees and harms the watershed.
Southwest Conservation Corps’ Savvy Ahlgrim cuts down a Russian olive tree Saturday morning in front of Animas Valley Elementary. Native to East Asia and Russia, Russian olives have silvery-white leaves and olive-shaped fruit.
David Pirrone with Durango Daybreak Rotary Club loads firewood from the Russian olive tree removal project that will later be distributed to low-income families and seniors.
Sophia Hoover Grant, left, with Southwest Conservation Corps, and John Stordahl load limbs from Russian olive trees into a wood chipper outside Christ the King Lutheran Church on Saturday morning.

Battle against Russian olive trees waged for second year

Amanda Kuenzi with Mountain Studies Institute examines leaves with Southwest Conservation Corps’ Graham Hornock on Saturday during year two of a project aimed at removing Russian olives. Originally introduced for ornamental landscaping, the invasive plant chokes out native trees and harms the watershed.
Southwest Conservation Corps’ Savvy Ahlgrim cuts down a Russian olive tree Saturday morning in front of Animas Valley Elementary. Native to East Asia and Russia, Russian olives have silvery-white leaves and olive-shaped fruit.
David Pirrone with Durango Daybreak Rotary Club loads firewood from the Russian olive tree removal project that will later be distributed to low-income families and seniors.
Sophia Hoover Grant, left, with Southwest Conservation Corps, and John Stordahl load limbs from Russian olive trees into a wood chipper outside Christ the King Lutheran Church on Saturday morning.
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