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asked in category: General Last Updated: 16th January, 2020

Is it illegal to cut down cattails in Wisconsin?

Although the department has the authority to maintain vegetation along state trunk highways, it is illegal for the public to cut vegetation, remove plants or plant parts, or injure trees along the right of way under SS.

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In respect to this, is it legal to cut down cattails?

Never heard of cutting cattails being illegal, but the only real way to get rid of them all is to use a backhoe and dig them out. That is the answer. Cattails only grow in shallow water. Using a machine, you pull them out roots and all, and deepen the water where they were growing.

One may also ask, are cattails bad? Perhaps you've heard of or seen cattails before—they're an iconic plant associated with many types of waterbodies. Interestingly, they have the potential to be both good and bad for a body of water. Similar to other emergent aquatic plants, cattails create expansive underground rhizome (root) systems.

Similarly one may ask, why are cattails protected?

They provide important wildlife habitat, shelter for birds, food and cover for fish and for the insects they eat. Cattails help protect the banks of a pond from erosion. They intercept and reduce the force of small waves and wind on the shore.

Is it illegal to cut down cattails in North Carolina?

Cammie, it is illegal to dig any plant from anywhere but YOUR personal property in NC. That even includes weeds. Also, the native cattail is not only extremely invasive but reseeds itself at alarming rates.

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