Residents of the towns of Brussels and Gardner are being asked to consider participating in a phragmites control project. Conservationist Krista Lutzke of the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department says the treatment effort, which is free to the landowner, is supported through a last minute funding contribution by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The invasive, non-native plant, can grow over 16 feet tall and can expand over 50 feet each year. It can displace native plants, take over wetland and riparian habitats and reduce wildlife use. It can also reduce recreational opportunities, property values, and block views at intersections and in right-of-ways, creating a hazard. If you live in Brussels or Gardner and believe you have phragmites and want to participate in the treatment program, contact the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department at 1-920-746-2214.