Newbury, MA, Wages War on Phragmites
December 9, 2011
Newburyport News: The war on a pernicious plant that has been overtaking local salt marshes entered a new stage this fall, as a coalition of groups experimented with herbicides and retrofitted ski trail grooming equipment in an effort to beat it back.
Phragmites (pronounced frag-might-eze), has been spreading through the marshes for decades, said local wetlands experts. The invasive European or African plant grows up to 8’ tall in dense groves that kill native plants that have inhabited the marsh for millennia.