Monday, July 08, 2002

Cheatgrass Always Prospers

MSNBC is reporting that the war being waged against cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) in the western U.S. has hit a stumbling block. After application of the powerful herbicide "Oust" to cheatgrass populations in Idaho inadvertently reached nearby (and not-so-nearby) agricultural crops, the Bureau of Land Management has suspended testing of the chemical. Now land managers are without their main weapon for fighting the cheatgrass, and invaded regions will remain at high risk for wildfires.

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