Resource Management

Phragmites - USFWS.

Invasive Species Control

Much of the habitat available to wildlife on the refuge is threatened by a myriad of non-native, invasive species. Generally, the unwanted invasive plants form a monoculture and crowd out the desirable native plants, which reduces ecological diversity. Known invaders include mile-a-minute, phragmites, Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose, autumn olive, Japanese stiltgrass, and Canada thistle. Of these, phragmites (pictured above), is causing the most concern on the refuge. Management of this species includes spraying the plant with herbicide and mowing or burning the dead stalks. The process continues over several years until native plants dominate the habitat.