- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) - Officials say an ongoing tree removal project in the northwestern New Mexico city of Grants has cut down on illegal trash dumping and transient camps.

The Gallup Independent reports (https://bit.ly/1hoDjlp ) that Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks says illegal dumping within Grants city limits has practically stopped since the city began removing salt cedars. He says transients who camp among the invasive plants have been driven out as the cover is removed.

Lava Soil and Water Conservation District employee Larry Winn says salt cedar use lots of water and stifle biodiversity buy pushing other plant species out. Salt cedar bring up naturally occurring salts in the soil and effectively poison the surrounding soil for other plants.

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Information from: Gallup Independent, https://www.gallupindependent.com

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