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the Arenac Conservation District actively works on invasive speces throught grants and local outreach and education.
Non-native Phragmites, also known as common reed, is a perennial, aggressive wetland grass that outcompetes native plants and displaces native animals. Because of its height and its distinctive, fluffy seedheads, Phragmites is easy to spot, even by traveling motorists.
Arenac Conservation District is gathering information on Gypsy Moth egg masses. please use the from to learn how to do an egg mass count and submit, this way we can communicate with county and township officials on the need for treatment.
GYPSE MOTH EGG MASS COUNT FORM
is a large species of herbaceous perennial plant of the knotweed and buckwheat family Polygonaceae. It is commonly known as Asian knotweed or Japanese knotweed. It is native to East Asia in Japan, China and Korea. In North America and Europe, the species has successfully established itself in numerous habitats, and is classified as a pest and invasive species in several countries.
Japanese knotweed has hollow stems with distinct raised nodes that give it the appearance of bamboo, though it is not related. While stems may reach a maximum height of (10–13 ft) each growing season, it is typical to see much smaller plants in places where they sprout through cracks in the pavement or are repeatedly cut down. The leaves are broad oval with a truncated base, (3–5 1⁄2 in) long and (2–4 1⁄2 in) broad, with an entire margin. The flowers are small, cream or white, produced in erect racemes(2 1⁄2–6 in) long in late summer and early autumn.
Arenac Conservation Districts partners with other communities in the Saginaw Bay area through the Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (SBCISMA) to work together, share resources and promote outreach and education through a grant from the MDNR invasive species grant program.