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This month Oakland County Parks and Rec. - Natural Resources will be focusing on the continued treatment of Phragmities in Orion Oaks, Independence Oaks, Addison Oaks, Rose Oaks, Lyon Oaks, Highland Oaks, Waterford Oaks, and Springfield Oaks. Many stands of the emergent invader have been under an iterative control regime and have been greatly reduced in both area coverage and density. With continuing funds from the MISGP grant we look to expand our treatments in the future to some of our more remote and difficult to treat stands.

The NR team will also be focusing on the continued efforts to control bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) vines and invasive shrubs (Elaeagnus umbellate, Rhamnus cathartica, ect.) within key park habitats as part of a holistic management approach that incorporates successive applications of prescribed fire and follow-up chemical and physical controls. To that end preparations for several fall, and spring burns will also commence with the initial phases of burn break construction at Independence Oaks, Orion Oaks, Groveland Oaks, Springfield Oaks, Rose Oaks, Highland Oaks, Lyon Oaks, and Addison Oaks.

If you would like to know more about current invasive species or other natural resources related activities within Oakland County Parks and Rec. please contact: Kegan Schildberg - Natural Resources Stewardship (248) 467-4716 schildbergk@oakgov.com

Brandon Township

This spring Brandon Township began swallow-wort treatment in the area of Kent and Hadley roads. A spreadsheet for phragmites treatment sites on public and private land has been created and is being updated continually. The phragmites treatment site at the Brandon Public Library will be used to create public awareness.

Residents wishing to participate in OC CISMA grant opportunities for treatment of swallow-wort, knotweed or phragmites should contact Supervisor Thurman at the Brandon Township offices, (248) 627-4918.

Clarkston Depot Park:

Clarkston City Council has decided to eliminate the phragmites taking over the wetlands at Depot Park, along White Lake Road. In preparation for spraying the phragmites in late summer 2013, Clarkston City Council obtained bids from several contractors. To minimize the amount of herbicide that will be required and avoid wasting herbicide on dead stalks, these dead stalks in the large monocultures were removed. The Clarkston Department of Public Works cut the phragmites under the power lines when the ground froze in the winter of 2013. The City Council authorized a controlled burn of the phragmites along Middle Lake, where the ground was too wet to cut. In September 2013, the City's contractor treated the phragmites as part of a mulit-year effort to eliminate the phragmites in this beautiful park.

Click here to see an article in the Clarkston News describing the phragmites control program.

White Lake Road Prescribed Burn: WATCH VIDEO

Representatives from Oakland Phragmites & Invasive Species Task Force, NOHLC, Wild Ones, The City of the Village of Clarkston and Deer Lake Homeowners Association unveiled the sign along White Lake Road. OPIS created this sign to help residents understand what is happening to the phragmites here, and why. This sign explains how phragmites and invasive plants harm property values and wildlife, and what can be done to control invasive plants. Thank you Elizabeth and NOHLC for funding this sign. Thank you Wild Ones and Clinton River Watershed Association for helping to create this sign. Kelly Sunman at CRWA and many others helped write the sign. Lola Koch found a contractor to create the sign and shepherded the sign throughout the production process. Thank you Jason for installing the sign.

Independence Township

Click here to see the Oakland Press article about battling phragmites in Oakland County.

Keego Harbor

The City of Keego Harbor is home to Phragmites and Flowering Rush on the edges of our waterways, Black Swallow-wort in yards in the northwest part of town, and Japanese Knotweed in half of our parks and back yards. These invaders are being identified and mapped by Leslie Clark, a volunteer with the Parks & Rec Commission and Garden Club. Volunteer work treating plants on dry land is being used as match to get us the MISGP funds to pay professionals to treat plants on the water. We do this work for free on both city land and private property at the owner's request. Our goal is education and eradication.

For the second summer, we have gone house to house locating and treating Swallow-wort in the yards surrounding the Grove Street Swim Site. It was found in 22 yards this year. Last fall we treated and removed the large stand of Phragmites in the swampy part of Fran Leaf Park, and only a few stalks returned this year. The shore of Dollar Lake was treated last fall, resulting in greatly improved lake views. The stragglers there will be re-treated shortly, along with the small patches at the Cunningham Park Marina, Brock Street canal, and the pond at Rose Sortor Park.

Flowering Rush is an emerging concern, and it has been found flowering on the shores of Dollar Lake. We are working with the homeowners there to reduce this infestation by carefully removing it by hand and disposing of it properly. We also have a patch of it in the swampy part of Fran Leaf Park.

Work on Japanese Knotweed is gearing up. We will be attacking the patch in Baxter-Morgan Park, and several homeowners have signed up to get help with patches in their yards. If you have it, and want help dealing with it, contact Leslie Clark at lclark1@ameritech.net or call City Hall at (248) 682-1930.

City of Novi

In the City of Novi, we are beginning our Phragmites removal efforts today, with Natural Community Services doing the work. We will be treating Phragmites in city and county rights-of-way, city parks and city-owned detention basins. Later in the year we will be entering Phase II of our efforts to reduce significant stands of buckthorn in Rotary Park. Both paid contractors and volunteers will help with these efforts, which began last spring.

Oakland Township

Oakland Township has been treating Phragmites, swallow-wort, Japanese knotweed, and other invasive species in over 1100 acres of township park natural areas for years. Through effort of concerned citizens and participation in the Oakland County CISMA, Oakland Township Parks and Recreation has expanded their efforts to work with private landowners and to begin treatment of Phragmites along major roads.

Our Phragmites Outreach Program offers township residents a cost effective and simple treatment option that is modeled after existing, successful programs in nearby communities. The landowner only has to request a no-obligation cost estimate, agree to treatment, and pay the contractor for treatment on their property (at cost). Private landowners, homeowner's associations, and businesses can submit a request for a no-obligation cost estimate.

Initial treatment of Phragmites along major township road right-of-ways will begin in late summer 2016. This work is funded by our portion of the Michigan Invasive Species Grant awarded to the OC CISMA in 2016.

Please visit the Oakland Township website (oaklandtownship.org) to learn more about these programs and to see which road right-of-ways will be treated. If you have questions or would like to get involved contact Ben VanderWeide, Parks and Recreation Natural Areas Stewardship Manager, at (248) 651-7810.

Phragmites Control Workshop July 14, 2016, 6:30 pm. Bear Creek Nature Park, 740 W. Snell Road: We will cover identifying Phragmites, getting supplies, timing of control, permits, and the actual control work.

Learn more about natural areas management by attending our other stewardship events. The schedule and last minute updates will be posted at oaklandnaturalareas.com and The Stewardship Network Online Calendar.

Orion Township

With support from the Chris Barnett and the Township Board of Trustees, the Orion Township Environmental Resources Committee is developing a strategy to address the widespread infestation of Phragmites in the township. At a meeting of homeowner associations in late February, OPIS made a presentation describing the problems created by Phragmites in terms of the native plant and amphibian habitat, the potential fire hazard they represent and the impact of property values. The committee has begun a mapping process for the township, is developing communication materials- -both information packages and presentations- - and a process to reach out to the public. Various organizations have already been contacted. In addition, the township has sent two employees to training in order to be certified to treat township property. Work is ongoing and will roll out over the course of the summer. For more information or to join in the community effort, please send an email to environmentinorion@outlook.com

Springfield Township

Springfield Township staff and contractors have been in the field on township owned lands, private lands and road rights of way to treat priority invasive species across the township. This work has been focused on state-priority invasive species such as swallow wort, Japanese knotweed and phragmities on private lands and along road rights of way where we are trying to curb the spread, and other invasive species such as autumn olive and glossy buckthorn in rare natural communities such as prairie fens and oak savannas on township-owned land. Upcoming events in Springfield Township include a field workshop on invasive plant treatment at Shiawassee Basin Preserve on September 10, and the popular Springfield Township Heritage Festival on September 24. More information is available on our website, http://www.springfield-twp.us/