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Refuge to Close for Two Days for Herbicide Treatment

September 12, 2008

MIDDLETOWN — The Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown will be closed for two days between Sept. 15 and Sept. 30 so staff members can treat invasive, exotic plants with herbicides, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a press statement.

Invasive plants outcompete native vegetation for space, water and nutrients and encroach on wildlife habitats.

Visitors may call the refuge office at 364-9124 to check the exact timing of the closure and any changes to the schedule due to weather conditions.

Once the treatments are completed, visitors to the refuge can expect to see dead and brown shrubs along the nature trails. These plants will be mulched in the winter to give native plants room to grow.

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