Invasive Vegetation Removal FAQs

Brown, Richardson & Rowe, the lead designers for all the new updates and current construction happening along the Northern Strand Trail, have asked us to let people know important answers to common questions asked regarding the methods used removing invasive vegetation, which will begin soon.

Is this work approved by local and state Environmental officials?

Yes, the parameters of this work have been reviewed and are consistent with all environmental permits received by the project.

What herbicides are being used?

There are a variety of herbicides that are being applied and their selection depends upon the species being eradicated and the location in which the species is being treated. The applicators are licensed for work within land and water/marsh.

Are these herbicides dangerous to people or pets?

It is not advisable to touch or directly inhale any of the herbicides being applied as they are being sprayed. Likewise it is not advisable for pets or humans to ingest plant material that has been freshly sprayed with herbicide. The public should be advised to avoid freshly sprayed plants and remain on the trail in areas where application has occurred.

Why are we removing plants from the marsh?

Invasive plant species grow as monocultures and need to be removed as their presence prohibits other native species from living and growing in environmentally sensitive areas. Native species provide greater diversification and promote a more sustainable and healthier ecological environment.

Will there be additional treatments in the future?

Yes, this first application is one of several treatments that may occur over the course of the next two years of construction.

What will we be planting in place of the material removed?

Depending upon the location, we will be seeding and planting a variety of native grass, wildflower and shrub species that are selected to thrive in each location.