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State plans to burn nonnative plants near lake

State plans to burn nonnative plants near lake



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two duck hunting areas around the Great Salt Lake may temporarily close this fall so crews can burn nonnative plants crowding the lake's shoreline.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says burns are planned around wildlife management areas at Ogden Bay and Farmington Bay sometime this fall.

When weather permits, crews will torch plants call phragmites, an aggressive reed that has taken over marshes and crowded out native plants that provide birds with food and places to rest.

State officials hope to conduct two burns in each of the areas this fall. During the burns, the areas will be temporarily closed to hunting.

The state wildlife agency's web site will have updates about the scheduled burns.

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(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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