Slowly but surely, we’re headed for a “maintenance” process of the invasive reed, phragmites, on Bestie Bay. Anytime I’m headed toward Elberta I always take a “rubber-necking” gander to see how the phragmites stands we’ve been working on are changing. Good news, THEY ARE…. Many are only re-sprouting from within the deeper stands, and each year, we’re attracting more property owners on the bay side of Lake Street to sign up for treatment, which helps radically! There’s another interloper, the invasive cattails (Typha angustifolia), which are glad for the reduced competition and clearly are expanding into the former phragmites infestation areas. Not so great when any monoculture takes over an area but clearly cattails are less detrimental to the ecosystem as compared to phragmites. A constant reminder in this process is the long term need to continue our efforts because the Betsie River is quite infested with phragmites stands and this means we’ll be constantly looking at new outbreaks. This year we gained two new property owners and the Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians. THANK YOU to ALL the property owners that have invested in the value of treatment for the healthy ecosystems on their properties!