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Managing Phragmites australis on Corps of Engineers Ecosystem Restoration Projects
Linda Nelson, Andrew Kornacki. Phragmites australis (common reed) is one of the most troublesome invasive plants encountered on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) aquatic ecosystem restoration projects. The USACE Buffalo, Chicago, and Detroit districts, in coordination with scientists at the Engineer Research and Development Center, Environmental Laboratory, have developed an ecosystem restoration project team
Regional Cooperation: collaborating to manage the spread of Phragmites in Southeast Michigan
William Parkus. Southeast Michigan’s natural resources are significant but are under siege from the aggressive Phragmites australis, which is infesting the landscape and threatening our recreation-based economy. Along our Great Lakes shoreline, Phragmites australis is invading our coastal shorelines, wetlands, channels, and coastal tributaries.
Freshwater Wetlands: fertile grounds for the invasive Phragmites australis in a climate change context
Claude Lavoie. Climate warming will likely affect flooding regimes, which have a large influence on the functioning of riparian wetlands. Low water levels predicted for the St. Lawrence River wetlands make them especially vulnerable to further expansion of the invasive common reed (Phragmites australis).
Popular Phragmites Control Publication Updated
Kevin Walters. Michigan DEQ has recently released the newly updated third edition of the Guide to the Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites. In addition to sections on understanding biology and impacts, the guide provides methods and recommended strategies for control, including information about the use of herbicides, prescribed fire, mechanical treatment and water level management.
Evaluating Efficacy of Phragmites Treatments on the Western Lake Erie Coastline
Jennifer Thieme, Chris May, Tara Baranowski. The Lake Erie Cooperative Weed Management Area (LECWMA) treated large stands of Phragmites using combinations of aerial and ground herbicide application, mowing, mechanical crushing, prescribed fire, and reseeding with native seed. Monitoring the response of Phragmites and native vegetation was an important component of this project.