WHAT IS PHRAGMITES?
Phragmites australis (frag-MY-teez), also known as common reed, is a perennial, wetland grass that can grow to 15 feet in height. While Phragmites australis is native to Michigan, an invasive, non-native, variety of phragmites is becoming widespread and is threatening the ecological health of wetlands and the Great Lakes coastal shoreline. Invasive phragmites creates tall, dense stands which degrade wetlands and coastal areas by crowding out native plants and animals, blocking shoreline views, reducing access for swimming, fishing, and hunting and can create fire hazards from dry plant material.
WHERE IS IT?
WHAT IS BEING DONE ABOUT IT?
In the late summer of 2010, the five currently known stands were treated professionally by Savin Lake Services in a partnership with land owners and the Long Lake Association.