After a selective removal of non-native Phragmites along Wymbolwood Beach, evening primrose is the dominant species on this property. Image courtesy of WBA.

Two primary objectives surfaced for Wymbolwood Beach residents: maintaining biodiversity and the recreational and aesthetic functions of the beach.  Wymbolwood Beach residents noticed a loss of native plants, including flowering plants valued by the community, and a reduction in the presence of frogs and toads. In addition, large infestations were blocking views and access to the beach. The beach and shore areas are primarily used for walking, swimming, kite surfing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding; all activities potentially impacted by large monoculture stands of non-native Phragmites.