Access at seashore locations
Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.
Invasive Plant Management at Cape Cod National Seashore
Contact: Stephen Smith, 508-487-3262 x0508
Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price has announced that the Northeast Exotic Plant Management Teams (NE EPMT) will visit the seashore in September to complete an exotic plant control effort at Fort Hill (Eastham).
Additionally, native vegetation may recolonize the site, which improves the ecological quality of the wetland.
The NE EMPT will conduct applications of the herbicide Glyphosate by backpack sprayer to the foliage of Phragmites, which has proven to be successful in past efforts to eradicate this specieswithin the seashore.Glyphophate is considered safe to use in aquatic environments by the EPA and breaks down within the plant to form harmless byproducts such as carbon dioxide and water.Because the wetland is virtually 100% Phragmites, mortality of non-target vegetation will be negligible.In addition, the team will only perform glyphosate applications under optimal weather conditions in order to minimize drift (by wind) or wash-off (by rain).
For information on this project, contact Stephen Smith at Cape Cod National Seashore: 508-487-3262 x0508; Stephen_m_smith@nps.gov.
Did You Know?
Most of the cattails on Cape Cod are an exotic, invasive species. While Typha latifolia (common cattail) is native, Typha angustifolia (narrowleaf cattail) is a Eurasian plant that is believed to have been brought to North America by the early colonists.