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Funding targets pests

Michigan State Roundup

Published July 1, 2006  |  July 2006 issue

A spending bill in the U.S. House of Representatives offers the Upper Peninsula some financial help in dealing with pests of varying size.

The lion's share of funding—some $20 million is currently proposed—is aimed at controlling the emerald ash borer, an Asian beetle that has devastated lower Michigan's ash tree population and recently hopped a ride over the Mackinac Bridge to the Upper Peninsula.

A smaller sum of money is being eyed to study the impact of the double-breasted cormorant on fish populations. If that funding is approved, it could lead to future funding as the study is expected to outline a population-control program for the cormorant. Money is also included to control gray wolf populations, which have been growing steadily of late, and reportedly preying on cattle herds.

Ronald A. Wirtz

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