VOL-AIS: Phragmites Cutting Opportunity

Volunteers are need to help cut phragmites:

Chisago County Government Center on Saturday, January 12th from 9 am – 1 pm

Phragmites is a tall, densely growing non-native grass that is taking over large areas of our shorelines. It has the ability to choke out native vegetation and reduce habitat quality for wildlife. It grows very tall, so has the ability to block access and views to the water. It is spreading rapidly on the edges of our lakes. If you are not sure what this looks like, please go to phragmites to learn more.
 
The control of these plants is difficult. The Center Lakes Association, in cooperation with other lake associations, are working on a comprehensive, multi-year treatment plan. However, our opportunity is now to start this treatment plan.
 
With the upcoming warmer weather, we would like to start working on this treatment plan. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED to cut/clean up these phragmites while the ice is good and the weather is cooperative.
PLAN: Phragmites Mitigation

1.       Cut old dead phragmites at the surface of the snow/ice
2.       Rake/remove cut areas from lake to the lakeshore to allow natural decomposition away from the water to prevent spread
3.       Remove seed heads, bag/burn on site if possible or remove from the lakeshore at least to allow natural decomposition
4.       Be sure to thoroughly clean your equipment and personal attire BEFORE leaving the area to prevent further spread

If you have any questions, please contact Lorene Gray (651-492-3387).