Green Guide

Southern New Mexico county is doubling down on pesky weeds

Posted September 20

— A southern New Mexico county is doubling down on pesky weeds.

The Alamogordo News reports (https://goo.gl/28JYqr) that Otero County Commissioners recently endorsed a plan to combat invasive and noxious weeds, like the African rue. That weed and others have taken over county property, roadways and forest land.

Officials say they also are worried about the Russian knapweed, salt cedar, and musk thistle.

The Otero Soil and Water Conservation District is developing a management plan and outlining how officials will fight the species.

According to officials, the invasive species undermines efforts in the county to manage the land and promote agriculture. They say these non-native plants compete with native species for very limited resources, degrade native habitats and disrupt natural processes.

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