Non-native Phragmites australis (haplotype M) – common reed – is a highly invasive plant species now common in North American wetlands.
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Phragmites is an invasive plant that:
- Out-competes native vegetation
- Provides limited or no food and shelter for wildlife
- Blocks access to shorelines
- Reduces property values
- Increases fire risk
- Creates a visual barrier on roadways
Phragmites can be managed in different ways depending on site conditions and capacity.
Review our summary of management techniques to compare options.
The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative is a network of agencies, organizations and citizens who are engaged in Phragmites in some way, including management, research and communication.
The Collaborative was established to improve the status of Phragmites in the Great Lakes basin by improving management and research and enhancing communication and collaboration. The Collaborative also serves as a resource center for information on Phragmites biology, management, and research. We are led by a diverse Advisory Committee and are organized according to the principles of Collective Impact.