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A reader sent in this photo ofPhragmites australis, aka Phragmites, aka Common Reed, from a southern New England marsh yesterday. This presumably non-native, invasive reed has spread like a cancer in marshes across the US, crowding out native marsh species and, in many areas, creating hundreds or thousands of acres of sterile "monoculture" marshland (eg the vast and once-biologically-bountiful New Jersey marshlands).
How correct you are. For nine years now, 3-5 times weekly, I've taken my Norwegian Elkhound to a 1500 acre park/conservation area that is, believe it or not on Boston's city limits. The area is primarily marsh. I estimate that today it is 25% Phragmites. Each year I've watched it spread across the landscape. It reminds me of a Stephen King story.
One need not be an invasive to produce a monoculture. Most pine forests impose a tyranny on competing flora only dreamed of by Phragmites. Ever see much growing below pine trees? It has more to do with allelopathy - the secretion of powerful natural herbicides by pine trees than it does by blocking sunlight.
Be that as it may- I am in favor of any goal that creates more ducks- especially those susceptible to decoys and bad calling.
Having invested my professional career, the first one, in Weed management and over 15 years dealing specifically with non native invasive species I can attest to the damage done and the need to be aware of the damage these plants can and do cause.