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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Rescuing the Wetland at Danehy Park, Cambridge - September 5, 2007

On Wednesday, September 5, 2007, people who care about the wetland at Danehy Park in Cambridge will have an opportunity to help eradicate an invasive grass known as Common Reed (Phragmites australis) that is proliferating in this lovely natural area. Volunteers with garden pruners will cut the tops off of the plants, then professional pesticide applicators will drip a small amount of a wetland-approved herbicide (glyphosate) into each hollow stem. The herbicide will travel down to the roots of the plant and kill it without harming any other plants or animals. This work will be done with the support of the Danehy Park management and under a permit issued by the Cambridge Conservation Commission. Rain Date: Wednesday, September 12.

Anyone over 18 years old who can use garden pruners and doesn’t mind getting muddy feet is welcome to participate! You can sign up for one of two shifts: 1:00 to 2:45 pm or 3:00 to 4:45 pm. Volunteers will have no contact with the herbicide and will not need to wear protective clothing, although long pants and boots or old shoes are recommended. Pruners, gloves, water and refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers can park in the Danehy lot at 99 Sherman Street. To register and for details, e-mail Elizabeth Wylde at or call 617-959-7157 and leave your name and number.

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