Non-native Phragmites australis is one of the most aggressive plant species invading North America and is already well established in the Great Lakes basin, along the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts, and around the Great Salt Lake. More about Phragmites can be found here.
Non-native Phragmites is managed using a suite of conventional approaches (e.g., herbicide, cutting/crushing, flooding, burning), but these approaches aren’t getting the job done at the landscape scale. They are resource intensive and differ in effectiveness, largely because there are uncertainties about how the plant responds to treatment given site-specific conditions and variations in how managers apply treatments. In addition, it is difficult to coordinate management efforts across the landscape and learn from each approach used.
To address these challenges, the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative is developing an adaptive management strategy called The Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). This framework will change the way Phragmites management is done throughout the Great Lakes basin and lead to approaches that maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of Phragmites management.
For more information, please watch this short 3 minute video:
Video transcript and information on the U.S. Geological Survey website
Anyone managing non-native Phragmites in the Great Lakes basin can participate in PAMF. Through PAMF, experienced land managers can efficiently share their knowledge and expertise while those new to Phragmites management can find science-based support and guidance. Learn how to join PAMF here.
PAMF staff can be available to:
• deliver presentations and webinars
• organize site visits to demonstrate the monitoring protocol
• answer questions and respond to inquiries
• provide print materials for your next event
Please contact: Samantha Stanton, Program Specialist, Great Lakes Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-396-6055.