BEFORE: Three years ago, Salters Pond in Dartmouth looked like this: thick stands of Phragmites growing in the salt marsh, crowding out native plants and animals.
AFTER: The scene at Salters Pond looks much different now. Dense Phragmites are now gone, and native marsh plants are growing back in.
BEFORE: At Salters Pond, Phragmites had overtaken much of the marsh habitat fringing the shore. It grew so thickly and uniformly that no other plants could compete.
AFTER: After a three-year process to remove Phragmites, the pond’s shoreline is now mostly free from this invasive plant. The last remaining stalks are being spot-treated to remove as much as possible.
This Phragmites removal project is an excellent model that can be applied all around the Bay’s coastline to tackle invasive plants and restore wetlands.