The Importance of Controlling Invasive Vegetation in Wetlands
When left unmanaged, invasive species have the potential to destroy entire native ecosystems, affecting not only the plant communities within these systems, but also the animals, fish, birds, and other living inhabitants that count on this habitat for their own survival. It is imperative to control aquatic, marsh, and upland invasive species including Phragmites, Purple Loosestrife, and other non-native species before they have a chance to dominate a system.
Monitoring is a key component of any lake, pond, wetland, or other invasive species management program. With regular inspections of your sites, you can identify and control problem species before they have a chance to proliferate. Early identification will also greatly reduce the expense associated with control, allowing for small-scale selective treatments like hand-cutting and targeted burning or herbicide applications by drone technology. Once a problem species has taken over, large-scale management with marsh masters or aerial treatments may be required.
Controlled Invasive Plant Growth
Phragmites had taken over our waterfront and choked out the wildlife access to our pond. SOLitude worked in conjunction with our engineer to procure the necessary coastal and environmental permitting. We are now in year one of a multi-year plan to control invasive plant growth. Almost immediately, the wildlife returned to our pond. Well done SOLitude!
Go-To for Wetland Preservation
Liz was extremely helpful in providing diligent and competitive pricing and pushed aggressively to meet our deadlines. The quality exceeded expectations and the service was first class! I strongly recommend SOLitude Lake Management to anyone seeking wetland/preservation/lake or even pond maintenance and/or mitigation of EPD. SOLitude performed our initial wetland preservation mitigation to clean and treat for invasive species of plants and maintain/treat on-site ponds & wetlands. Great job Liz & SOLitude!
SOLitude Helped Us Achieve Our Community Goals
As the manager of wetlands and open water for my community, I work with SOLitude Lake Management closely. They have helped us define our vision and achieve our goals. Every wetland area and body of water has different uses and different needs. SOLitude understands that and ensures those needs are met all the while keeping the budget in mind. We have annual fishing tournaments and they come out and talk with the anglers, explaining what we’ve done during the past year and what our future steps will be. Management of wildlife and waters is an ongoing and long-term commitment, SOLitude understands this. They have a dedicated staff that not only manages these areas but also helps educate their clients.
Top Notch Service
When one of our stormwater BMPs was overtaken by phragmites, we called SOLitude for treatment. From the bidding process to the follow-up, the service we received was top-notch. A year later, the Phragmites have still not returned. Considering how invasive this species is, this is quite an accomplishment!
Enhance Your Wetland with Annual Management
Monitoring is a key component of any lake, pond, wetland, or other invasive species management program. With regular inspections of your sites, you can identify and control problem species before they have a chance to proliferate. Early identification will also greatly reduce the expense associated with control, allowing for small-scale selective treatments like hand-cutting and targeted burning or herbicide applications. Once a problem species has taken over, large-scale management with marsh masters or aerial treatments may be required.
It’s important to control invasive species but also promote the growth of native plants through beneficial plantings. Establishing a buffer and littoral zone of native plants near and around your water resource will help filter out excess nutrients, fertilizers, and pollutants before they enter the ecosystem and cause water quality issues. The addition of beneficial plants in a wetland can also help prevent erosion damage due to the plant’s roots holding the soil in place. With an annual management plan in place, you can begin conserving your preserve with sustainable solutions that will keep it healthy for years to come.