A wetland is an area that contains water at, near or above the land's surface, long enough to be capable of supporting aquatic or hydrophilic plants, and that has soils indicative of wet conditions. Areas that meet these criteria are regulated by Federal and State laws, and may also be subject to county, city or village ordinances. Therefore it is essential to know the boundaries of wetlands on your property before embarking on any activities, such as building or pond construction, which may affect them.
The biologists at Cason & Associates who conduct wetland delineations have completed Wetland Delineation Training courses conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. These biologists can help you to identify the wetland boundaries on your property.
Phragmites is a tall perennial grass that grows in wetlands and along lake shorelines. It produces feathery plumes that grow atop stems that may reach a height of 12 feet. Phragmites grows around the world and has historically grown in Wisconsin. In recent years, Phragmites has taken on invasive characteristics. Large monotypic stands are taking over wetlands and crowding out other plants, resulting in a loss of wildlife value and habitat diversity. It is believed that these invasive stands of Phragmites are introduced, non-native strains.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recommends controlling Phragmites to protect habitat diversity. Treatment with approved herbicides is considered the best management practice for controlling this plant. Cason & Associates offers trained, licensed and insured pesticide applicators to control Phragmites on your property.
For further information and identification, visit: www.invasiveplants.net
Purple Loosestrife Control
Purple loosestrife is a perennial herb that grows to a height of 3-7 feet. It produces showy purple flowers that grow in a long spike. It was introduced from Europe as an attractive garden flower (Note: it is now illegal to cultivate purple loosestrife in Wisconsin.) Purple loosestrife is an aggressive invader of wetlands. It can rapidly spread and displace nearly all native plants - resulting in large-scale habitat loss. Control of this plant should be a priority for those who own or manage wetlands.
There are several control options for purple loosestrife. Hand pulling is best for small pioneering infestations. Just make sure that seed heads are removed from the site and burned. For larger infestations, the quickest and easiest control method is treatment with approved herbicides. The professional pesticide applicators from Cason & Associates can assist you with this type of project.
For better long-term control of large purple loosestrife infestations, raising and releasing bio-control insects (Galerucella beetles) is the best method. For more information of bio-control of purple loosestrife, contact . For further information on purple loosestrife visit: www.dnr.wi.gov
Wetland Restoration Projects
The fascinating diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants found in a wetland makes these habitats uniquely valuable. Many hours of enjoyment can be found viewing and exploring nature in wetlands. In many parts of the Midwest people have purchased abandoned farms as recreational property. These farms often contain wetlands that were drained and ditched for agriculture. Cason & Associates can help restore these damaged wetlands and bring back their habitat diversity. We can even help create small wildlife ponds and scrapes in upland areas to improve habitat.
Please call today to set up an appointment to discuss restoring wetlands on your property.
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