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Mighty phragmites

September 21, 2010
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Picture 7,000 acres of only one plant. That is equivalent to nearly 11-square miles and is the area of one of the largest infestations of Phragmites australis (common reed grass). New Jersey carries that unfortunate claim to fame. Luckily, most infestations in the Adirondack region are on the scale of one acre or smaller. But even small populations, if left untreated, will spread to uncontrollable levels. Two Phragmites stands in a wetland near Saranac Lake multiplied to nine stands in six years. Unfortunately this type of spread is starting to happen all over the region.



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