Best Practices Guides

Best Practices for Phragmites Management

Many organizations have produced their own guidelines for managing Phragmites. Links to those guides are below. If we’ve missed a guide, let us know!

Will the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative produce a best management guide? Not at this time, because many high quality guides already exist. However, lessons learned from the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF) will be shared when available, and those lessons may include best practices.

A Guide to the Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites

By the Michigan Department of Natural Resources 

Invasive Phragmites Best Management Practices

By the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

A Landowner’s Guide to Phragmites Control 

By the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Best Practices for Equipment Cleaning

Clean Equipment Protocol for Industry

By the Ontario Invasive Plant Council

Best Practices for Restoration

How to Restore Phragmites-invaded Wetlands

By Rohal et. al from Utah State University

Guidelines for Determining Between Native and Non-Native Phragmites

Check out our page on Native vs. Non-native Phragmites. The following resources are also available from external sources:

Phragmites Field Guide: Distinguishing between native and exotic forms of Common Reed (Phragmites australis) in the United States

By Jil Swearingen and Kristen Saltonstall (2010)

Phragmites: Native or Not? 

By Michigan Sea Grant

VIDEO: Native or Introduced? Identification of Phragmites lineages in North America

By Dr. Kristin Saltonstall of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (2015)

VIDEO: Dr. Dan Carter Explains How to Identify Native Phragmites

By the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (2016)

General Information on Coastal Wetlands

Common Reed & Coastal Environments

By the Lake Huron Coastal Centre

Fact Sheet: A Healthy Marsh

By Michigan Sea Grant

About the Phragmites Collaborative

Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Fact Sheet

By the Great Lakes Commission

Other Resources: