Chemical Treatment and Fire Reduce Weeds

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 2003

This refuge is in it's second year of using herbicides and prescribed fire to control several thousand-acres of phragmites, a non-native, invasive tall grass that inhabits brackish and freshwater marshes, ditches, and dredge spoil areas. In March 2002, a 1,500-acre arson fire burned through the flammable phragmites, threatening homes along Slaughter Beach and Primehook Beach. The combined herbicide/prescribed fire treatments are reducing risk to these homes and restoring native plants.

"This Wildland Urban Interface project at Prime Hook is a great example of how it should be done with cooperation, networking and science," said Art Latterell, National Fire Plan Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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