Controlled marsh fire helps destroy invasive plant species
In an effort to restore Arcadia Marsh, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy conducted a controlled burn of 130 acres of land Sunday.
Plant Wise, a burn contractor from Ann Arbor, provided the flames that helped destroy invasive species like phragmites and reed canary grass.
Organizers say it's an important project that will help bring back the native plants that need to be able to thrive in the marsh.
"The primary problem with these two species is they create a mono culture so that none of the other native plants are able to grow where they are," said project manager, Chris Sullivan. "So it's a problem because neither of them provide food or habitat for the wild life we've got here or even the insects that feed the birds and other wild life here."
Project organizers say they will continue to keep an eye on the area after the burn to make sure that the invasive plants do not come back.