Assateague Island Phragmites

Phragmites australis (upload.wikimedia.org).

Phragmites australis (upload.wikimedia.org).

     Phragmites australis is big problem on Maryland's Assateague Island, and officials from all over the country have teamed up to combat it. The typical team- made up of 4 workers- has been expanded to 25 workers from five different park service regions in order to target, spray and eradicate the stands of the invasive plant.

     "This is kind of a special event, it's never happened before," said Bill Hulslander, chief of resource management. "The problem is just too big for us to manage longterm." With 1,700 acres currently impacted by phragmites, the park service tries to remove at least 50 acres each year. 

     Using Habitat aquatic herbicide and other techniques, read about the team's efforts here or through the link available below.