Mentor Marsh Invasive Plant Species Control
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In Mentor, Ohio on the south shore of Lake Erie

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will restore emergent marsh and swamp forest habitat in Mentor Marsh, a National Natural Landmark. This project will control 265 acres of Phragmites australis (Phragmites) and then plant native vegetation in treated areas to provide the structural diversity required by native flora and fauna. The project will conduct aerial spraying, ground spot-treatments, mashing and cutting of treated Phragmites, and early detection/rapid response procedures to detect any new or satellite populations. Following Phragmites control, native trees and shrubs will be planted to restore the natural plant community and as a means to increase shade to control Phragmites. The primary goal of the project is to restore the Marsh to a mosaic of native emergent marsh and swamp forest habitat. Existing photographic monitoring points and vegetation transects will document pre- and post-treatment conditions. Treatment sites will also be evaluated using the Great Lakes Coastal Monitoring program ecosystem health protocols.

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