Although I’ve been working as Phragmites Administrator for a year, I’ve had little firsthand experience with the plant or its treatment.
Oh, I can identify Phragmites. I can distinguish between the native plant and the invasive species. I’ve been learning a lot about its growth, spread and habits, and the many ways scientists and conservationists are working to keep it under control. I’ve seen some pretty frightening photographs of areas where Phragmites has run rampant. I’ve gone through the records of our treatment here on Beaver Island and the smaller surrounding islands in this archipelago.
My contribution, though, has been mostly in the form of paperwork and reports.
That all changed yesterday.
To learn more about the work involved in treating invasive Phragmites, I went along yesterday as part of the crew. An old, clumsy and untrained crew member, but nonetheless…
I had no idea!
Unable to find transportation to…
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