Could Horicon Marsh efforts help Supple Marsh? Program May 2

Cattails and reeds are integral to marshland beauty, but some of those species actually are invasive, creating an unfriendly habitat to native plants and animals.

The Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources has been at work in Horicon Marsh to reduce invasive plants. The question of using those methods in Fond du Lac will be discussed at “Horicon Marsh Methods for Supple Marsh?” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

Paul Samerdyke, wildlife biologist for Dodge County, will explain what the DNR is doing in Horicon Marsh to reduce invasive reeds (also known as phragmites) and cattails without destroying the native species. The invasives can grow so dense that they choke out native plants and reduce wildlife habitat.

Samerdyke has worked for the Wisconsin DNR since 1990 in Oshkosh, Waupaca, Wautoma and Horicon. Currently, his team manages four state wildlife areas.

The program is presented by the City of Fond du Lac, Clean Waters Project, Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County and ParkWatch of Fond du Lac. For more information about the Lake Winnebago group, visit www.lwqia.org.

Pictured: Paul Samerdyke

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