Scarborough High School students from Environmental Science classes will be involved in a year-long project designed to locate sources of pollution in Mill Brook. Students will collect and test water samples from the brook at several locations and then track the pollution levels as the year progresses. Because water from the Mill Brook ends up in the Scarborough Marsh, any pollution from the brook can affect wildlife, plants and aquatic species and then eventually can end up affecting our beaches, too. Friends board member Greg Bither is spearheading the project.
A three-year project to control the invasive reed Phragmites australis in the Scarborough Marsh has achieved its goal of a 95% eradication rate in the areas treated under the program. The project was a collaboration among the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the Friends of Scarborough Marsh, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Gulf of Maine Program, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, and Maine Audubon. Launched in August 2010, it involved a variety of actions utilizing highly specialized mowing equipment, licensed and trained contractors and application of a specially formulated herbicide that affects only plants.
This month the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, in conjunction with partners Friends of Scarborough Marsh, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Gulf of Maine Program, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, and Maine Audubon will resume efforts to remove the invasive reed Phragmites australis from certain areas of Scarborough Marsh.
Who wouldn't like to see a few more cottontail rabbits hopping around Scarborough Marsh? Shrubland habitat along the Eastern Trail recently has been expanded for the endangered animal. Shrubland habitat along the Eastern Trail recently has been expanded for the endangered New England cottontail rabbit. The state is working along with public, private and nonprofit partners to expand and manage cottontail habitat and to grow their population.
Plant patrol tries to erase invaders from Scarborough Marsh
From his perch atop the amphibious vehicle, Colin Avery takes aim at a stand of invasive reeds off Route 1. He sprays an herbicidal solution that represents the first volley in a three-year effort to dramatically reduce the presence of Phragmites australis in the Scarborough Marsh. Phragmites, with its characteristic large seed head, is so common around the marsh that many people believe it is indigenous. In fact, there are only about three acres of the native variety, which is shorter, grows less thickly and has red coloring and spots on its stems. Phragmites australis grows so densely that it excludes plants that are valuable to wildlife, including the salt hay that forms the base of the food chain. >>Read More
An intruder is invading and wreaking havoc upon 3,100-acre Scarborough Marsh, the largest salt marsh in Maine. State officials, regional experts and local marsh supporters are now poised to fight back. watch video (WMTW-Ch8) The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, in conjunction with partners Friends of Scarborough Marsh, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Gulf of Maine Program, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, & Maine Audubon will remove an invasive weed called Phragmites australis from certain areas of Scarborough Marsh. The effort is expected to take approximately 3 years to complete.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Gulf of Maine Coastal Program recently announced $35,000 jointly awarded from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and FishAmerica Foundation to help implement two important salt marsh restoration projects in Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
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