Nebraska lawmakers look for solution to Eastern Red Cedar problem

Nebraska lawmakers are looking for ways to stop a fast-spreading tree species that destroys valuable ranchland, and kills other plants.

Eastern Red Cedars are native to the plains, but they’ve spread without the natural prairie fires to keep them in check.

They soak up valuable sunlight and groundwater at the expense of other native plants and turn grassland into patches dirt.

Some are proposing controlled fires to alleviate the problem, which would require dipping into available state funds.

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