Grass runways instead of gravel in Alaska?

The University of Fairbanks is recommending that private airports in Alaska plant grass instead of spreading gravel for runways. The main reason is that pilots spend a great deal of money each year repairing gravel dings to their aircraft and propellors each year up here. Grass, is obviously much softer, and they point out that by using the right varieties, the cost to grow and maintain grass runways is minimal, compared to the cost of trying to keep your lawn green.

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