Wrangling invasive phragmites around Utah lakes is daunting, dirty job

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  • PRSomega Cedar Hills, UT
    April 16, 2018 10:24 a.m.

    If one is not able to eradicate the plants, then one is looking at a never-ending cost to "control" the problem. Invariably it will be considered a lost cause and the spending will be stopped. Why not stop wasting money now and in the future and cease this ill conceived effort.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2018 10:05 a.m.

    Burn that nightmare down! Don't stop!

    I say organize a whole ton of Eagle Scout Projects. Let's go after it with everything we've got!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 16, 2018 9:16 a.m.

    I am thinking of starting a business called "Rent-a-Goat". I will then be looking for clients.

  • [email protected] Vernal, UT
    April 16, 2018 8:09 a.m.

    Burning will work and it is not harsh on other vegetation because most grasses will grow back along with shrubs. Fire would need to be controlled.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    April 16, 2018 8:04 a.m.

    Then extend the Legacy Highway along the shores of the Great Salt Lake by paving over them instead of forcing citizens off their properties and ruining good farmland to build a highway.

  • bluecollar Kearns, UT
    April 16, 2018 6:36 a.m.

    They should try using goats. A good sized herd of goats with an effective fence surrounding the area of reeds and it's worth a try. Them animals eat everything.

  • Gregory American Fork, UT
    April 16, 2018 5:54 a.m.

    Again, we see the result of man's interventions in ecosystems; both introductions and attempted eradications. Ultimately we have to concede that our definition of "native" and "non-native" is at best superficial and at worst preferential. All ecosystems are continually changing. Wetlands are particularly evolutionary in nature. Phragmite australis is actually a beautiful plant. Many of the autumn and winter marsh views we all enjoy are the result of the plums (inflorescence) of this plant. Even P. australis supports many water fowl and wetland animals. Ultimately, what we consider native today may not have been native several hundred years ago. Bending Mother Nature's will to ours is likely not good stewardship.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    April 15, 2018 11:40 p.m.

    The phragmites themselves are the fuel. They have already been killed by chemical treatment; they will burn like dry grass. Look at "Burning Phragmites" on youtube - lot's of examples of precribed burns.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 15, 2018 10:30 p.m.

    Burning doesn't work and the amount of fuel to do this would cause other environmental concerns. But with this said, not sure this will make that big of a dent. We messed with Mother Nature and Mother Nature is going to teach us a harsh lesson in all of this.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    April 15, 2018 8:12 p.m.

    Wouldn't burning them be simpler and inexpensive?