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Gnawing away at invasives

Infographic/Photo Essay - August 19, 2013 by Sarah Jane Keller

Only 3.2 percent of the 50 million federally owned acres overrun with invasive weeds were treated in 2009. That puts infested land on track to double by 2019. Meanwhile, some conservationists suggest a more palatable strategy: Eat the invaders that are devouring our ecosystems. Unfortunately, some of the West's most insidious aliens, like tamarisk, may not be suitable for fork-to-mouth

combat.

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