Student Conservationists Battle Phragmites

     The Michigan Student Conservation Corps and the Orion Township Environmental Resources Committee have teamed up to control phragmites along Six River Parcel. Control of the invasive, which can take up to three years per patch, typically involves two steps. In July the invasive will be cut;  going into "stress mode" due to the trimming, the plant will then be treated with chemicals in August or September.[p]

     "When you cut them, it doesn't inhibit their growth, it promotes their growth," said Sue Donovan, committee member. While cutting allows for easier access and better application, 70% of plant growth occurs in the root system; herbicides are essential in stopping that growth, preventing the invasive from spreading.