What will happen with tamarisk-infested areas in 10 to 15 years?
Good question. The latest estimates from land managers and researchers is that the beetle will probably contribute to the browning out and eventual mortality of 70-85% of tamarisk in infested areas over the next several years. Several factors may affect this scenario. Will the beetle thrive and survive long enough to impact the tamarisk to this degree? Will other factors come into play that will either accelerate this time frame or impede the progress of the beetle? Monitoring efforts are necessary to provide feedback and direct follow-up efforts.