Our focus is on invasive Phragmites (Phragmites Australis) because they pose are great threat to our local wetlands. A phragmites plant can grow up to 15 feet tall and sends out rhizomes up to 60 feet long. They progate by rhizomes, rhizome fragments, and seeds. Phragmites stands outcompete other wetland plants, easily catch fire and decrease wildlife habitat. When left untreated, they create a dense monoculture that impedes recreation, depresses home values, and spreads to vulnerable areas. Northern Ottawa County is actively controlling invasive Phragmites with the goal of becoming an area where maintenence is a matter of rapid detection and rapid response.
Click here for an information sheet about invasive Phragmites.
We are in the process of gaining permissions and funds from property owners and one municipality to treat invasive phragmites on the islands in the Lower Grand River, and along the channel connecting Lloyds Bayou to the Grand River. This effort is coordinated by the Ottawa County Invasive Phragmites Control Group. If our organizing efforts are successful, treatment of these areas will begin int he fall of 2013.
Harbor Island treatment will continue for its third year with funds from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Greatest Needs Fund, and assistance from the GH Board of Light and Power.
Second year of three year program of 40 acres of invasive Phragmites treatment on Harbor Island. Funded by the Grand Haven Area Community Fund Greatest Needs Program, treatment done by CardnoJFNew and Hamilton Helicopters (2011).
Second year of two year treatment of invasive phragmites on Spring Lake. Funded by an effort led by John Nash. Treatment was done by PLM.
Second year of two year treatment of Lloyd's Bayou, from 104 to the Leonard Street Bridge. Funded by home owners. Treatment done by CardnoJFNew.
The Ottawa County Invasive Phragmites Control Group, in which we participate, meets bimonthly, sharing resources of information and expertise, with a regional approach to dealing with Phragmites in northern Ottawa County. For more information, please contact Leslie Newman