Phragmites Management

Phragmites australis is an invasive plant species that creates large expanses of mono-ecosystems and is a serious problem in Wetzel SRA.  We have received a grant through the Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (LSC-CISMA) and the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP) to control and develop manangement stratagies for Wetzel State Recreation Area.  Friends also holds a seat on the LSC-CISMA Steering Committee.

In October of 2016, an initial herbicide treatment was applied to most of the Phragmites australis in the park. 24.8 acres was treated with another 3-4 acres inaccessible with terestrial equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

In April of 2017 knocking down the treated Phragmites began.  The plant is knocked down or cut in preperation for follow up treatment.  Knocking it down helps remove some of the protection of emergent plants by the standing dead plants during follow up treatment and it makes new growth easier to see.

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