Prescribed fire planned for Great Salt Lake shore

Jun 1 2011 - 8:04am

SALT LAKE CITY -- State officials are planning a prescribed fire aimed at eliminating an invasive weed along the shores of the Great Salt Lake.

The Utah Department of Natural Resources says the fire is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning near Farmington Bay.

The burn is part of an effort to rid the area of the Phragmites reed that has infested thousands of acres.

Wildlife officials say removing the weed will allow for the restoration of native wetland plants and will create more hospitable habitat for birds. It will also improve bird watching opportunities for visitors.

The weed has previously been treated with an herbicide, and the fire is aimed at removing the remnants.

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