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June 17, 2013

Project aims to teach about invasive phragmites


The three men who have agreed to help educate the public represent some of the most knowledgeable people on the subject in the area. Moore is an assistant research professor at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, University of New Hampshire; Phippen is the Coastal Resources coordinator for Eight Town and Great Marsh Committee; and Walker is a Newbury selectman and well known for his expertise on the Great Marsh.

The video will be produced by Richard Hydren, Rowley Chamber of Commerce president and owner of Staddles Productions, a video production company dedicated to recording stories about the Great Marsh.

The objective of “Danger in the Reeds” is to create a video series to be hosted on YouTube and shared freely with schools, town officials and various organizations with interests in wetlands all across the country. The series will focus on the life cycle of the plant, the harm it causes and the various strategies for dealing with the invasive reed.

To help fund this project, they have posted Danger in the Reeds on Kickstarter. More than 34 people who understand the problems phragmites create and the difficulty of educating the general public have made pledges totaling more than $4,800. Half-way through their 30-day period, they have more than half the pledges needed to reach their goal of $8,000.

To learn more, visit http://www.linkyy.com/eYU.

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