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US Fish & Wildlife Service FieldNotes
Weed Removal Protects Metro Area and Improves Ecosystem Health
Region 9, January 1, 2004
Salt Lake County ? U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fire staff completed a 56-acre mechanical fuels reduction project next to the Utah field office of the Regional Ecological Services Unit. The area is located on the edge of a 'superfund site? from past steel production and had accumulated an abundance of tamarack and Russian olive vegetation over the years. This fuel build-up became a concern due to its proximity with the Salt Lake City metro area. The project involved multi-agency cooperation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah Reclamation, Mitigation and Conservation Commission, Great Salt Lake Audubon Society, TreeUtah, West Jordan City, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

?Not only did the project reduce the excessive fuel loading in the area, it also removed invasive species and improved the hydrology of the Jordan River,? said FWS biologist Christine Cline, a specialist in environmental contaminants issues.

No contact information available. Please contact Charles Traxler, 612-713-5313, charles_traxler@fws.gov