Maintaining our Kendal Wetlands

Kendal at Oberlin staff and residents

Kendal at Oberlin staff and residents

Barbara Thomas shared this information about progress with managing invasive plant species in our wetlands. Kendal at Oberlin residents have a significant role in the process, as they do all aspects of life at Kendal. 

On Friday, May 18th, resident Don R. toured (staff) Barbara Thomas, Steve Reed, Ryan Stalzkowski, and (residents and helpers) John E. and Roger C. to various parts of Kendal 100+ acre campus where Don and Ryan had treated the invasive species of phragmites over a 2-year period. While expected to be a 3-year effort to be totally under control, the progress has been exceptional to date.

One of the most fascinating aspects is the significant impact one chemical had over another in effectiveness. While higher cost, Habitat (imozapyr) won in lasting results over Roundup Quick Pro (glyphosate). The added savings comes in the cost of labor not having to retreat re-emerging phragmites. Treatments now will be done by “wiping” the invasive plant rather than spraying the area.

We learned from Don that one important factor was to treat in the fall, September is best for our geographical location. I’m sure Kendal will have an education program to learn more about this effort to take care of our wetlands. We have gratitude for Don who as Roger said “could have gotten lost in that jungle of several years of phragmites growth.” Don’s meaningful contribution of using his lifetime skills, stemming from his agricultural degree and family farm in Nebraska has been put to good use.

Barbara W. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer

Kendal at Oberlin and Kendal Northern Ohio