March 30, 2016
Katherine Hollins (Great Lakes Commission)
Non-native Phragmites is managed throughout the Great Lakes region by organizations and individuals working under varying circumstances toward diverse goals. As a result, managers develop different strategies to address their specific needs, and the opportunity to learn from their successes and challenges is huge. In coordination with four partner groups, the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative (GLPC) has compiled a collection of unique case studies that provide management guidance for any scale and showcase representative successes and challenges.
The case studies supplement existing management guidelines and best practices by providing clear examples of how those guidelines are put into practice on the ground. They include specific projects, steps, and results, template materials, example schedules, management plans, and links to relevant resources. They contain discussions of challenges that have been addressed and lessons learned, to help provide insights to others who are making decisions about their own programs. The case studies will be useful to those who are new to non-native Phragmites management as well as to those expanding or refining their existing management programs. At this time, the GLPC has compiled four diverse case studies. This suite of studies covers a wide range of topics, such as early detection of small stands, management of large stands, volunteer-led programs, and management conducted by professionals. More studies and additional interactive content, such as interviews and videos, will be added over the coming months.
How they Work
The case studies have been broken into sections so readers can access the parts most relevant to them. If an organization already has a plan for managing Phragmites, but wants more information on engaging volunteers to help monitor, they can jump right to the Monitoring section. If a group has number of potential partners but they aren’t sure how to formalize their partnership, they can go to the Partnerships and Administration section and check out the MOUs that others have used. Each reader can choose the sections and key words that they need most.
Get Connected and Stay Tuned for More
An initial suite of case studies will be made public early next month, so make sure you are connected with us through our listserv, Twitter, or Facebook to get the latest announcements. We will also make announcements when significant content updates are made and when new studies are added.
Finally, if your group or organization is interested in submitting materials to be developed into a full case study, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.