How PAMF Works

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PAMF has three critical pieces: a monitoring protocol, a predictive model that predicts how Phragmites will respond to different management alternatives, and a central database with an associated web hub where the results from all management efforts are reported.

PAMF runs on an annual cycle. Participants join PAMF through the PAMF web hub.  To enroll a site, establish the boundaries of your management unit and report basic site characteristics. Next, implement the standardized monitoring protocol and upload those data to the central database to determine your unit’s state of Phragmites infestation.  The predictive models will combine and analyze user-collected data and provide site-specific treatment guidance every year.  Participants implement a treatment of their choice, and the cycle repeats until Phragmites no longer grows on the site. Data provided by all of the participating land managers across the basin will fuel the adaptive management process.

The key to PAMF’s success is long-term and widespread participation by you – our partners – from around the Great Lakes basin.

The PAMF Model

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PAMF utilizes a computer-based, predictive model that uses your data, along with data from other participants, to learn about Phragmites management throughout the basin—what management actions were taken and how well they worked. The model is run each August after all participant data have been submitted. By combining the model’s quantitative learning regarding Phragmites management with expected costs for various management actions, the model provides site-specific management guidance that is optimized to reduce Phragmites and minimize costs.


Anyone managing non-native Phragmites in the Great Lakes basin can participate in PAMF. Click the button below to get started! 

Want More Information?

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 Tank, Program Specialist, Great Lakes Commission at [email protected] - 734-971-9135