Invasive Plants Winnapaug Pond

Isolating phragmites: Benefits and Problems

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Phragmites outcompetes and blocks out native salt marsh
vegetation and provides little or no food or shelter for most
saltmarsh-dependent wildlife. Phragmites can also eliminate small
intertidal channels and obliterate pool habitat that offers natural
refuge and feeding grounds for invertebrates, fish and water birds.
Phragmites can create a dense jungle of vegetation that native salt
marsh birds, furbearing mammals and even deer cannot penetrate.
The data collected for this field study will provide insight to the conditions within three areas of the pond.