Planting project to discourage geese

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Replanted shoreline along a popular city park will help discourage Canada geese and attract more kinds of fish and birds, federal wildlife officials say.

The replanted shoreline of the Westchester Lagoon will provide shelter and food for juvenile salmon, perches for birds, improved water quality and ultimately a wider variety of wildlife for nature lovers to enjoy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

Neighbhorhood volunteers helped on the project, which also was aided by a Fish and Wildlife program grant, the city of Anchorage and the Anchorage Waterways Council.

The area, which was largely lawn, attracted Canada geese and mallard ducks in large numbers. In that type of situation, their droppings can overfertilize the water and increase the risk of people contracting ''swimmer's itch,'' Fish and Wildlife said.

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