Making the Impassable Possible.

What’s silver, weighs 6,000 lbs. and can mow through acres of phragmites at 5 mph?

What’s silver, weighs 6,000 lbs. and can mow through acres of phragmites at 5 mph?

 

“Apparently the answer to prayers of Oakwood Beach residents and other Staten Islanders, whose homes and property abut fire-prone phragmites that threaten their safety.

Called a Marsh Master, the machine cut a wide swath through 9-foot-high phragmites on dead-end Kissam Avenue today, site of a 2009 Easter Sunday fire that ravaged homes.

“We want to be able to show that getting rid of phragmites is doable on Staten Island,” said Borough Hall environmental engineer Nick Dmytryszyn, who was on-site. “We can’t say anymore that there is no equipment, that there is no methodology.”

The Marsh Master — which Dmytryszyn likened to a “modified lawnmower” — is on loan for two days from the Walkill National Wildlife Refuge in Sussex, N.J., in a city, state and federal government arrangement brokered by Borough Hall for demonstration purposes.

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Marsh Master