Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Dousing the Flames

Today was the second and final day of Wyoming's Cheatgrass Awareness Conference, which featured presentations by a number of state and regional groups. As described in this press release posted at Yahoo!, results from a study by BASF Corporation and Synergy Resource Solutions indicate that the severity of cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) wildfires can be significantly reduced by applying an herbicide that targets annual plants. The herbicide tested in the study, known as Plateau, decreased the biomass ("fuel") available to burn, reducing flame height as well as the ability of the fire to spread. This type of proactive management should make the fires easier to deal with when they do occur.

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