The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has awarded $1.3 million in grants to fight the spread of invasive weed species in an effort to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.
"We are pleased to continue funding several projects started last year that have shown a high degree of success," said Rich Riding, weed specialist with the Agriculture Department. "This year's new projects will focus on additional geographic areas."
One continuing project is along Utah Lake, where the water-loving weed phragmites has taken over much of the shoreline. The weed chokes off native vegetation, which impacts wildlife and recreation.