Program: Detroit River-Western Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area and Phragmites Control

Chris May of The Nature Conservancy tells us about the multi-partner efforts at Phragmites management in the Western Lake Erie basin.

Geographic scope of project: Monroe, Wayne, and eastern half of Lenawee County

Goals and Objectives:

The Nature Conservancy, along with a spectrum of public and private partners, including Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited, and Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, will collaborate to eradicate invasive Phragmites australis on approximately 1,200 acres of coastal wetlands within the western Lake Erie basin, from the Detroit River to northern Maumee Bay. Initial treatments will involve herbicide application. This invasive species project is unique in that the partners have established a mechanism for long-term eradication after initial control during the grant period through the use of a Marsh Master amphibious vehicle. The Marsh Master vehicle will allow follow-up treatments with mowing, herbicide, and controlled burns. A large-scale, cooperative, and sustained approach to Phragmites treatment in this region will add wetland resources where millions of people live and bring back whole plant and animal communities and functioning wetlands once again.  This project is funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Long-term funding and management will be the responsibility of the Cooperative Weed Management Area partners.

For more information, contact:

Chris May, Director of Stewarship

The Nature Conservancy in Michigan

101 East Grand River

Lansing, MI 48906

(517) 316-2274

cmay@tnc.org