ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - Southern Utah officials say they're making progress at removing a shrubby tree called tamarisk from the banks of the Virgin River.
But the effort could take years before officials declare it a success.
The Spectrum of St. George reports crews are using poison, chopping the trees with heavy equipment, enlisting beetles and goats to feed on it and planting native vegetation to replace it.
The Virgin River Program is costing $50,000 a year in a multi-agency effort.
The program suffered a setback in December 2010 when floods washed away native willows and cottonwood that were planted in place of tamarisk.
Information from: The Spectrum, http://www.thespectrum.com
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