Weed Removal Protects City, Improves Ecosystem


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fire staff completed a 56-acre hazardous fuels reduction project next to the Service's Utah field office. The area is located on the edge of a superfund site that is contaminated due to past steel production. The area became overgrown with tamarack and Russian olive over the years and needed to be cleared to reduce the possibility of wildfire since is close to the Salt Lake City metro area. The project involved multi-agency cooperation between 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 Service biologist Christine Cline, a specialist in environmental contaminants issues.

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