DNR to spray invasive Kewaunee River grasses

News Release Published: July 11, 2013 by the Northeast Region

Contact(s): Trent Leaf, DNR wildlife technician, Mishicot, 920-901-0849; Ed Culhane, DNR communications, Appleton, 715-781-1683

The Department of Natural Resources plans to chemically treat 40 to 70 acres of common reed, or Phragmites australis, on the marshes bordering the Kewaunee River from the bridge at Ellis Street downstream to State 42.

Treatment will be conducted on both public lands and private. Landowners along the river in this area have been sent letters to see if they are interested in being included in the project. In order for the project to proceed the DNR must issue an aquatic plant control permit to wildlife staff in the area.

An informational meeting for landowners and others with an interest in the project has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 23 at the West Kewaunee Town Hall.

Common reed is an invasive plant that overtakes native vegetation while providing little value as wildlife habitat. Treatment will be done chemically with a commercial herbicide containing the active ingredient Imazapyr. Application will be done aerially with a helicopter and on the ground with backpack sprayers. The treatment will occur in August or September.

The West Kewaunee Town Hall is located on County C (Ellis Street) one block west of the intersection with State 29. Information will be presented on the goal of the project, the plant phragmites, and also on how the herbicide applications are done.

Comments and questions may be directed towards Trent Leaf, DNR wildlife technician, at 920-901-0849.

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Last Revised: Thursday, July 11, 2013