Frank Hornstein

Loring Park cattail removal begins

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An ambitious effort to eradicate the invasive cattails blanketing much of Loring Pond has begun.

On Oct. 7 workers from Applied Ecological Services (AES) started hacking down cattails nearest to the shore with a saw attached to the front of an excavator.

“They are trying out some different equipment they haven’t used before, so they’re making some adjustments out in the field, but it looks like they’re making good progress,” said Deb Pilger, the Park Board’s director of environmental management. Park Board policy prohibits contractors from speaking directly with the press.

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