2013-03-21 / Outdoors

Workshop scheduled for phragmites control

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft and Alger Conservation districts as well as their partners at the Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council are hosting a workshop on the biology and control of phragmites, the non-native, highly invasive perennial grass that is spreading rapidly on the Lake Michigan shoreline and adjacent wetlands.

Phragmites harm wildlife and fish habitats, impair boat and beach access and views, decrease property values, and increase fire risk.

The U.P. RC and D Council recently secured a $458,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to combat the Phragmites problem throughout the Upper Peninsula. U.P. RC and D is working with local conservation districts to bring this program to landowners in each county.

The Schoolcraft and Alger Conservation Districts are holding a public meeting at the Manistique Township Hall, 616N River Road, on March 21, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to instruct landowners on how they can participate in the new grant and have the phragmites on their own property treated as part of this project.

For additional information about this meeting, contact Teri Grout of the Alger Conservation District at (906) 387-2222 or teri.grout@ mi.nacdnet.net.

To obtain more information about the project, or to learn more about non-native phragmites, go to www.phragmitesintheup.org, or email the project coordinator at phragmites@uprcd.org.

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