We partnered with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service's Coastal Program and Maryland's Department of Natural
Resources in 2012 and again in the fall of 2013 to restore species diversity to
over 240 acres of tidal marsh along the Nanticoke River in Wicomico County, Md.
This PHI-owned property and rights of way were dominated by dense monocultures
of the invasive common reed (Phragmites
australis), crowding out native plants and altering wildlife habitat.
The targeted areas complement ongoing
restoration efforts on adjacent private and publicly owned parcels. As treated
areas of phragmites die back, growing space for native plant communities will
open up, allowing light to reach the plants. This work will benefit a variety
of wildlife species that inhabit the area including plants, fish, shellfish,
mammals and birds.