Biologist fights against invasive grass in Alaska meadow
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska wetland is under siege by reed canarygrass, a tall grass uncommon to the state.
KTOO Public Media reports John Hudson, a biologist for the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, discovered the invasive grass last week while walking near the Brotherhood Bridge meadow in Juneau.
Hudson says he’s concerned the grass will “expand and take over all the habitat” and flush out the meadow that provides habitat for several plants and wildlife.
But Hudson has found a way to fight back. He says reed canarygrass is the first plant to sprout in the spring and the last to go dormant in the fall.
He says invasive plant managers can come in and spray the plant after the other plants have gone dormant.
This allows Hudson to stop its spread without dousing the entire meadow in herbicide.
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com