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An imported fast growing grass used in hayfields and ornamentally has the potential to cause harm to salmon streams according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The Anchorage Daily News reported that it could cause significant changes in important ecological relationships and that herbicide is being proposed to deal with it: "Reed canary grass -- the same chest-high aggressor that has uniformly crowded out hundreds of prairie plant species along Midwestern freeways and marshes -- is increasingly choking Kenai Peninsula streams and wet fields, according to borough land manager Marcus Mueller. The danger is that it could crowd out wetland birds and other animals, including the salmon upon which the region's recreational economy depends.

Mueller wants the state to ban the plant's importation and authorize targeted herbicide applications."

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