Invasive plant choking other life at Carolina Beach

In Star News Online

J. Chris Helms stands among a field of an invasive, aggressive weed called phragmites at Carolina Beach State Park.

The reeds are 4 feet high, thick and sharp during a hike through the patch and Helms, superintendent of the state park, said something surprising. Continue reading

Floating rig battles invasive lake vegetation

In StarNews Online

by Terry Reilly

The lakes at Boiling Spring Lakes are not bubbling with scalding water. Instead of steam rising, the tentacles of invasive vegetation protrude from the city’s three main lakes.

The city launched a partial attack last year but retreated due to a lack of funds. Continue reading

Aquatic vegetation identification, management focus of Sept. 1 webinar

Aquatic Vegetation Management will be the topic of a Sept. 1 natural resources webinar conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit.

The webinar is a part of the Texas Range Webinar Series scheduled the first Thursday of each month, said Pete Flores, AgriLife Extension webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi. The webinar will be from noon to 1 p.m. Continue reading