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NEWBURYPORT – Three casually dressed guys gathered around a diner table on a rainy afternoon looked like they might be planning a fishing trip. Instead the topic was a Kickstarter campaign aimed at fighting their common enemy: Phragmites.
The fast-spreading invasive reed formally known as Phragmites australis arrived here from Europe perhaps a century ago, but has spread quickly through parts of the Great Marsh in recent decades. Some people think it looks pretty.