Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board Getting Ready for Frogbit
Thu, 01 Apr 2021 17:12:21 EDT

The Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board met on March 18th and had several items to report.

With the ice moving out of the river and especially from the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary, invasive plants, in particular invasive narrow leaf cattail and European frogbit, will put pressure on the fish habitat in the sanctuary. But, a research team that has been working in the Upper Peninsula will arrive in late June this summer to begin removing some of the invasive narrow leaf cattails using a waterweed harvester.

In other updates, the River Center has been awarded two grants through the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM). One of the grants is to purchase life-size resin animals for the annual Magic in Our Midst event held each December on Island Park. The other grant will be used to help purchase a boat/trailer to be raffled in connection with the May 15th Bowfishing Tournament of invasive common carp in the sanctuary.

The Wildlife Sanctuary Board also reviewed a report from an insect study on Island Park conducted by Michigan State University, noted that there will be a kayak/canoe rental at Duck Park this summer, and discussed Island Park maintenance projects.


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