Alpena area residents have an opportunity to join Huron Pines in the fight against invasive phragmites in a volunteer phragmites removal day at Mich-e-ke-wis Park on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers are invited to help Huron Pines staff and AmeriCorps members treat phragmites on the Mich-e-ke-wis beach by hand swiping it with herbicide.
This event marks the second year working toward improving beach accessibility and protecting native plants and wildlife at Mich-e-ke-wis Park. Volunteers also will have the opportunity to learn more about the ecology and impacts of invasive phragmites from the Huron Pines Invasive Species SWAT Team. Project partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the City of Alpena. Anyone nterested in participating should RSVP by calling 448-2293 ext. 21 or sign up at www.volunteernorthernmichigan.org.
Phragmites is a large non-native grass that is invading Michigan beaches and wetlands, where it spreads to form dense colonies up to 15 feet tall. Phragmites blocks beach access for landowners and damages natural ecosystems by excluding native species. Volunteers at the event will treat phragmites by hand swiping, a technique where herbicide is swiped onto individual phragmites stalks using soaked gloves. Protective gloves and instruction will be provided. Hand swiping minimizes impacts on other species and is useful for landowners who would like to learn how to remove small phragmites populations on their own properties. Volunteers should be prepared to get dirty and should wear long sleeves and long pants. The event is free and lunch will be provided.
This phragmites removal is a part of Huron Pines' efforts to stop the spread of phragmites onto northern Michigan beaches. Huron Pines conducts phragmites treatment on the Lake Huron shoreline from Cheboygan to Iosco counties, and this year will treat phragmites for more than 250 landowners. Landowners who have phragmites on their property and are interested in treatment can contact Jennifer Muladore at 448-2293 ext. 31 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huron Pines is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization and an equal opportunity provider that conducts invasive species control and other conservation projects across Northeast Michigan. Learn more about Huron Pines at www.huronpines.org.