A dustup over weed control

Rickert, Eve
September 2007
High Country News;9/3/2007, Vol. 39 Issue 16, p4
The article focuses on the plan of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) which is to spray nearly a million acres with herbicides particularly in Lassen County, California. BLM Botanist Carolyn Gibbs has started fighting weeds in the county as a graduate student in 1994. In an effort to continue such activity the county has formed the Lassen County Special Weed Action Team designated to fight against all the noxious weeds in the county, including cheatgrass and the lesserknown but even more insidious medusahead. Moreover, Gibbs is looking forward to a new tool called Plateau, an herbicide that leaves most native plants unharmed. Although, herbicides are a powerful weapon in the war on weeds, many environmentalists fear its collateral damage.


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