Land managers in Nevada are developing a plan to help save the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher while eliminating a water-hungry tree. The flycatcher has taken refuge in salt cedar trees that devour water and choke out native plants, but those trees are expected to be destroyed by the tamarisk beetle moving in from the north. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to use federal-stimulus funds to cut down salt cedar trees and replace them with vegetation for the birds.
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