A prescribed burn was held in Holland near Windmill Island on Lake Macatawa last week to control an invasive species.

The burn was held to control Phragmites. The invasive species is a perennial wetland grass which can grow to 15 feet.

The burn was held on Wednesday, April 23.

While Phragmites australis is native to Michigan, an invasive, non-native, variety of phragmites is becoming widespread and is threatening the ecological health of wetlands and the Great Lakes coastal shoreline. Invasive phragmites creates tall, dense stands which degrade wetlands and coastal areas by crowding out native plants and animals, blocking shoreline views, reducing access for swimming, fishing, and hunting and can create fire hazards from dry plant material.

The National Weather Service of Grand Rapids had six meteorologists on hand to provide support.

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