Public Comments Sought for Environmental Assessment to Remove Hybrid Cattails in Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park staff seeks public comments regarding an EnvironmentalAssessment to Remove Hybrid Cattails and restore native marsh plant communities in Voyageurs National Park.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Typha x glauca is a hybrid type of cattail that is formed when the native broadleaf cattail naturally crosses with the non-native narrowleaf cattail. The resulting hybrid has traits that allow it to thrive in a wider range of environmental conditions and make it highly invasive. These hybrid cattails have become dominant throughout Voyageurs National Park and have crowded out entire bays, leading to habitat degradation. This degradation includes the reduction of muskrat and other wildlife habitat, weakened fish spawning areas, a reduction in vegetation biodiversity, and compromised visitor experiences. The Environmental Assessment explores various methods for treating invasive cattails and analyzes the impacts of those treatments.

The Environmental Assessment is now available for public review and comment on the National Park Service website. You may also call park headquarters at (218) 283-6600 to request a hard copy. Comments can be submitted online, via email, or mailed/hand-delivered to the Superintendent at Voyageurs National Park 360 Highway 11 East, International Falls, MN 56649.

Comments must be postmarked or submitted by December 9, 2016. If you wish us to withhold you name and/or address or other personal identifying information, you must state this at the beginning of your comment.