Brown County Receives $1M to Fight Phragmites

"Phragmites australis Schilfrohr." (Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons- commons.wikimedia.org)

"Phragmites australis Schilfrohr." (Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons- commons.wikimedia.org)

     WI- Phragmites have been an issue in the Brown county wetlands for a few years now, and officials hope chemical control options may help control the nuisance plant. 

     "It's hard, it's thick, you could mow it, it will come back next year. Even mowing it gets tricky," said Jason Petrella, Park Ranger at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, "sometimes mowers can't handle it. It just kind of overtakes the wetland and it's not native. It's not as good of a vegetation for native song birds, wetland birds." 

     An EPA grant will allow around 1,500 acres of public and private land from Ken Euers to Point Au Sable Nature Preserve to be sprayed this fall. 

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