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DNR urges eradication of invasive plant

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State wildlife officials are asking landowners to keep an eye out for purple loosestrife, an invasive plant that can threaten wetlands with its prolific growth.

The Department of Natural Resources says the plant is more of a threat this year because the warm and wet weather has sped up its growth.

Purple loosestrife can grow taller and faster than other native wetland plants. It can displace rare plants and animals and choke waterways.

The DNR has pictures of purple loosestrife and other invasive plants on its website. The agency urges homeowners to remove the plant on their own land and report it elsewhere.

DNR plant manager Kelly Kearns says the best time to clear purple loosestrife is when it's flowering because it's easier to identify.

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Online:

DNR photos of purple loosestrife: http://tinyurl.com/2ef77q3

Info and photos of plants considered invasive: http://dnr.wi.gov/invasives/plants.asp

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