Dealing with Invasives

In an effort to thwart the further growth of invasive phragmites–the tall brownish grasses with plumed heads that grow in marshy areas, FALPS’ President Ralph Scarpino and other volunteers joined Tim Batchelor of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Fire Control Unit in trying to burn the phragmites while Beaver Meadow Marsh was encased in ice.

It took a couple of days for the wind to be just right. Hopefully, this will alter the landscape somewhat, although it’s almost impossible to rid marshes and wetlands completely of this invasive.

Tim Batchelor of the DEEP uses a flame thrower to burn phragmites.
FALPS’ President Ralph Scarpino looks on at the burned phragmites.

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