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PRESQUE ISLE, Mich. (AP) — Young campers have been introduced to identifying invasive species in a special program at the Presque Isle Quarry.

The Alpena News reports ( http://bit.ly/1m2y7zM ) that Lafarge North America, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Huron Pines Conservation Group last week brought 13- to 15-year-olds from Camp Chickagami to the quarry. They learned about issues the plants present and how to map them in problem areas.

The campers used GPS and tape measures to plot areas that will be targeted this fall with herbicide to be used on the invasive species.

Heather Rawlings is a biologist who led the group. She says invasive species are aggressive and can take over an area, knocking out native species.

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Information from: The Alpena News, http://www.thealpenanews.com

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