Got Phragmites?

STURGEON BAY, WI – ‘Tis the season of giant invasive shore grass! Phragmites is the August topic of the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST). A recent discussion on how to properly identify and control this invasive grass featured a presentation by researcher Devany Plentovich that explored control methods utilized in our area.

Now through fall, is the best time to control phragmites. Contact the DCIST to learn what you can do to control phragmites on your property, in your neighborhood or in your favorite park or natural area. The presentation by researcher Devany Plentovich is entitled, ” Comparing methods used to control the invasive wetland grass phragmites australis.”

This presentation reviewed the impact of three control measures (herbicide only, herbicide plus mowing, and herbicide plus prescribed burning) that were utilized in Brown, Marinette, and Door counties to control the invasive grass Phragmites australis. Field surveys analyzed the effectiveness of the control measures and documented the diversity and coverage of plant species post treatment, answering the following questions:

  • Do control methods eradicate Phragmites?
  • Which control method is most effective?
  • What species of plants are present after treatment?

Devany Plentovich recently completed her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy through the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Her undergraduate degree is in Mechanical Engineering from Christian Brother University in Memphis, Tennessee. She currently works for Kimberly-Clark Corporation designing environmentally friendly consumer products and introducing environmental sustainability into the manufacturing processes.

Questions? contact Bob Bultman, Coordinator,
Door County Invasive Species Team

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