Forum Discusses Phragmites Harvesting to Lower Nitrogen in Ponds
Landry Harlan

Phragmites can be a valuable tool for removing nitrogen in Vineyard ponds, according to new research presented to a packed meeting in the West Tisbury Library Monday afternoon.

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Phragmites Could Play Key Role in Health of Coastal Ponds
Landry Harlan

Regular removal of phragmites is an effective and efficient way to improve the health of coastal ponds, a study has found.

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Shellfish Group Receives Funding for Experimental Phragmites Project
Alex Elvin

The Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group on Friday accepted a $135,693 federal grant that will allow it to continue studying the invasive wetland grass phragmites, which it believes could play a role in reducing the amount of nitrogen in coastal ponds.

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Invasive Phragmites in Vineyard Ponds, Friend or Foe?
Alex Elvin

With Island ponds suffering from the effects of development, the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group is looking at an old foe in a new light. The shellfish group has been studying the invasive wetland grass phragmites as a possible means for removing nitrogen from coastal ponds.

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Town's Ban on Herbicides in Squibnocket Pond Upheld in Legal Action
Jane Seagrave

A two-year effort by a group of Chilmark landowners to use herbicides to combat phragmites in Squibnocket Pond came to an end this week. The Hon. Gordon H. Piper on Monday vacated his own ruling from last January that had found a Chilmark bylaw banning herbicides on the pond was not valid.

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In the Reeds: Venture to Kill Invasive Plants Proceeds Warily
Ian Fein

Walking along the shore of Black Point Pond in Chilmark, Richard Johnson of Sheriff's Meadow Foundation is nearly dwarfed by a thick stand of 12-foot high reeds.

Also called phragmites, the reeds are an invasive species that have formed a dense monoculture over what was once an open diverse habitat of native pondshore plants. Dead reeds crunch beneath his boots, covering the ground so virtually nothing else can grow through.

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Native Common Reed
Robert A. Culbert

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This old truism is making things difficult for the recently discovered native populations of Phragmites, also known as common reed or phrag.

The phrag we all love to hate is an invasive tall grass that is becoming the dominant plant along the upper edges of our salt marshes, growing so thickly that it crowds out any other plants, including cattails, sedges, wild flowers, and woody shrubs.

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