Doing Our Part to Control Phragmites
Every fall the stewardship staff is hard at work controlling phragmites - one of the worst wetland invaders in our county. If you don't know what it is, now's a good time to look for this 20 foot tall wetland grass growing just off almost any road in the county.
The Land Conservancy has the goal of eradicating all phragmites on our preserves - 17 total properties with phragmites occurring on 8 of them. Over the last 5 years we've made a lot of headway, and dense stands of phragmites have been reduced to only a few stalks on most sites. However, continual monitoring is always necessary to prevent reinvasion.
The most exciting part is what the sites look like after we remove the phragmites! Wetlands have an amazing capacity to retain their seed banks, and once the dense stand of phrag is removed the wetland plants come back! Our biggest challenge is keeping the reed canary grass out of these areas, but our staff is hard at work keeping that out too. We look forward to continuing our work to make our preserves better and better every year!