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Herbicide Sprayed From Grand Canyon Railroad To Protect The Park, Control Vegetation

A specialized rail car with a 16-foot boom sprayer will travel on the Grand Canyon Railway and apply a herbicide to protect the national park. The herbicide will control vegetation along the track and wipe out dry vegetation near it that can contribute to fires.

“Most often those plants will compete will native vegetation, and they can either oust them or in competing with them run the risk of changing the immediate environment and that can affect anything and everything from wildlife to humans,” said Cam Prophet is with the Grand Canyon National Park. He explained how invasive plants can disrupt the natural species in the park.

The one-time treatment process is scheduled for April 3rd, weather permitting.

An author, creative storyteller and now a radio journalist — that's Mythili Gubbi. She is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, emphasizing on broadcast journalism with a minor in political science and a certificate in international studies. Her goal is to pursue a life in television or radio that truly makes an impact.She was born in Arizona and then moved to India, so her childhood was spent equally split on two continents. Her love for storytelling and passion for Indian culture led her to co-produce and co-host an Indian music and culture show on ASU's student station, Blaze Radio.She also published a young-adult fiction novel called "Kiara's Tiara" when she was in high school and hopes to continue to write books.When she's not telling stories, she's usually watching them in Bollywood movies or planning her next travel adventure.