Phragmites along South Point Road. Photo by C. Leinbach
Phragmites along South Point Road. Photo by C. Leinbach

Rob Emens, an environmental specialist for the North Carolina Department of Environment Quality, will present a program describing the efforts to stop the spread of invasive plant species along the shorelines of North Carolina.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Ocracoke Community Center.

It also will be presented the day before (Jan. 26) at  7 p.m. in the Fessenden Center in Buxton. Both programs are free and will last approximately 1 hour.

Emens is one of North Carolina’s experts in aquatic weed control. His presentation will identify specific invasive aquatic plants and the impact they have on natural occurring communities, including seashore dunes.

Phragmites is a large, coarse, perennial grass often found in wetlands.

Although scattered clumps of phragmites provide cover for small mammals and birds, it usually forms large, dense stands that provide little value for wildlife. Phragmites reduces the diversity of plant and wildlife species. An understanding of the impacts of phragmites and other invasive plants along North Carolina’s Coast has important implications to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and local communities.

The Know Your Park citizen science program series is designed to further connect the Outer Banks communities and residents with the rich natural world and cultural heritage of their neighboring national park sites: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site,

Editor’s note: To learn more about phragmites, see the Ocracoke Observer’s article by Pat Garber. Click here.

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