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Phragmites in a wetland

In this piece, the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) recollects the work Brett Lerner and other NFA volunteers have done in one of their wetland parcels. Describing the migration of phragmites, a non-native grass species in the Americas, and its historical use in traditional European roof thatching, the plant is now common in New England wetlands. Volunteers Brett Lerner and Adam Geriack spent time in Oxford, Michigan learning roof thatching from Deanne Bednar at Strawbale Studio, a non-profit focused on natural building materials and reconnecting to the land. Since their educational excursion in 2014, their yearly phragmites harvest yielded unexpected but welcoming ecological changes…

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Phragmites in wetland courtesy of Brett Lerner