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Keeping invasives in check

Beetles released to battle purple loosestrife

By News-Review Staff

The annual bloom of tall, purple, spiked flowers on purple loosestrife plants has begun along North Woods shorelines, wetlands and low lying roadside ditches.

But the attractive plant is nonnative and environmentally harmful, according to Ted Ritter, Vilas County invasive species coordinator.

“It crowds out native vegetation and drives away many of the insects, amphibious animals, birds and other life forms that depend on native water vegetation for food and

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:12 PM

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