Participant Training

Work through the first 5 modules below to learn more about PAMF and what it means to participate. Reviewing the materials below will ensure you are ready to collect high quality participant data – and it should take less than 2 hours! Read the Training Module Syllabus here to learn more about what the training entails. 

Explore module 6 for additional resources as well as a full recording of our May 2020 PAMF training session. 

Interested in attending a live training session? You can now register for our live training session on July 1, 2020. 

Register here!
Module 1-Introduction

(Approx. time needed to complete Module 1-Introduction: 8 minutes)

1.1 Introduction to PAMF

Thank you for your interest in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework, or PAMF. Watch this video to learn more about PAMF and how it got started. 

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1.2 Knowledge Check

Click between the tabs below to test your understanding of what you’ve learned so far. 

What makes non-native Phragmites so invasive?

A) It’s great height shades out native grasses

B) It’s dense rhizomal growth allows it to quickly take over wetlands

C) It has fewer predators than native plants

D) It drops so much leaf litter that native plant seeds can’t reach the soil

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All of the above! Like most invasives, non-native Phragmites is able to thrive due to a number of competitive traits, as well as the absence of it’s natural predators.
True or false? Non-native Phragmites is impossible to eradicate once established.

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False! You can effectively control Phragmites, but finding the right control method can be difficult and costly. PAMF hopes to help you learn what will work best for your land.

 

 Additional information to help get you started!

Module 2-Enrollment

(Approx. time needed to complete Module 2-Enrollment: 15 minutes)

2.1 Learn How to Enroll in PAMF

The first step in the PAMF participant cycle is enrolling a management unit into PAMF! Enrolling a management unit (MU) in PAMF establishes the boundaries of the area where you will uniformly manage Phragmites and details the site characteristics. Enrollment can be done at any point in the year by visiting a site, collecting on-the-ground information, and uploading that information to the Web Hub (www.pamf-portal.net).

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Enrolling a management unit (MU) in PAMF establishes the boundaries of the area where you will uniformly manage Phragmites and details the site characteristics. Watch this how-to-video to better understand the steps involved in enrollment!

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2.2 Knowledge Check

Click between the tabs below to test your understanding of what you’ve learned so far. 

True or False? It is important to still visit your prospective management unit, even if you choose to utilize the Web Hub’s map interface tool to draw your boundaries.

 

 

 

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True! While there is an option to designate your management unit boundaries on the Web Hub, Google Earth may be outdated or from a different season so it is important to always visit your prospective site in person first.
What is the maximum size of a management unit that can be enrolled?

 

 

 

A) 1 Acre

B) 3 Acres

C) 5 Acres

D) There is no maximum size requirement.

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D) There is no size requirement. While there is no maximum size requirement for an enrolled management unit, large management units (>5 acres) may cause accessibility issues when it comes time to monitor. Keep in mind that if you do have a large area of land you want to manage, you can always divide the area into multiple management units or just enroll a portion of that larger area!

 

 Additional information to help get you started!

Module 3-Monitoring

(Approx. time needed to complete Module 3-Monitoring: 25 minutes)

3.1 How We Monitor

The second step in the PAMF participant cycle in monitoring a management unit! Monitoring entails recording data from five monitoring locations within your management unit that will capture the information needed to determine the state of Phragmites invasion your management unit is in. Learn more about monitoring by watching these two videos. 

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3.2 Knowledge Check

Click between the tabs below to test your understanding of what you’ve learned so far. 

A partially submerged field of Phragmites

an example of Phragmites establishment in a wetland.

Imagine this picture is your management unit. What level of Phragmites establishment would you prescribe to this unit?

A) 0-10%

B) 11-50%

C) 51-100%

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B) 11-50%. While there is substantial Phragmites present (more than 10%) there are large areas, like the water, where it is absent. Percent establishment does not take into account how dense the stem are (we have another measure for that), but instead is trying to capture was percentage of the management unit has live Phragmites stems.
How many quadrats should you monitor within your management unit?

 

 

 

 

A) 3

B) 5

C) It depends on the size of your unit.

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B) 5. Regardless the size of your management unit, you should always be collecting monitoring data from 5 separate quadrats. The only time you would have less than 5 monitoring locations, is if there is so little Phragmites that you cannot place 5 separate quadrats without them overlapping.

 

Additional information to help get you started!

Module 4-Guidance

(Approx. time needed to complete Module 4-Guidance: 10 minutes)

4.1 Receiving Management Guidance

The fourth step in the PAMF participant cycle is receiving management guidance! As a result of pooling management and monitoring reports from PAMF participants all over the Great Lakes basin, we are pleased to offer management guidance tailored to your management unit.

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4.2 Alternative Guidance

Alternative Guidance is available to those participants who may need additional time to finalize their management plans. If participants do not anticipate being able to implement their August guidance, then requesting mid-cycle forecasting guidance (MCFG) is the next best option. For participants who need more than 6 months to plan their management, lag-year guidance is available. Be sure to watch the video to get more information on PAMF’s alternative guidance options!

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4.3 Knowledge Check

Click between the tabs below to test your understanding of what you’ve learned so far. 

True or False? If you request mid-cycle forecasting guidance, you will not receive the most up-to-date annual August guidance.

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False. Even if you request mid-cycle forecasting guidance, you will still receive guidance annually in August.
If you have flexibility in my planning and decision-making timing, what type of guidance is ideal for you?

 

 

 

 

A) Lag-year guidance

B) Mid-cycle Forecasting guidance

C) August guidance

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C) August guidance. Since the August guidance is based on the most up-to-date information regarding your previous management outcomes, August guidance should always be your first choice if you have the flexibility to implement it!

 

Additional information to help get you started!

Module 5-Management

(Approx. time needed to complete Module 5-Management: 15 minutes)

5.1 How to Manage your Site

Managing is the 5th step in the PAMF participant cycle. The PAMF annual cycle is broken up into three phases based on the life cycle of Phragmites: translocating, dormant, and growing. Participants in PAMF are given management guidance and are asked to perform and report one management action per annual phase per management unit. Learn more about managing your site by watching these two videos below!

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5.2 Knowledge Check

True or False: You were not able to manage your management unit for the entire year. Due to no management actions being taken, you do not need to fill out any management reports.

 

 

 

 

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False. You should still submit a “rest” management report for each phase were there was no management action taken. “Rest” still contributes to the PAMF model and as long as you monitor in July, you will still receive August guidance for the next year.
You applied glyphosate to a management unit many times during the growing phase. What is the correct way to report my management actions to PAMF?

 

 

 

 

A) Create a new management report for every time you applied glyphosate, each detailing the concentrations and volumes you used.

B) Submit just one management report that documents the total volume of glyphosate you used, the concentration you used each time, and how many times you applied it.

C) Submit no report, because you are worried you applied the herbicide too many times and PAMF will not want the data.

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B. You only need to submit one management report since you were only implementing a single type of management action. Remember even if you veer from the PAMF guidelines, always submit a report! Your data can still be useful to the PAMF model.
You want to test out multiple management actions on your site to see what actions give you the best results. What is the best way to go about this and still follow the PAMF protocol?

 

 

 

 

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You should try splitting your site up into multiple management units! There is no limit to how many management units you can enroll. This allows you to manage my management units separately, compare management techniques, and still follow the PAMF protocol.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional information to help get you started!

Module 6-Additional Resources

(Approx. time needed to complete Module 6-Additional Resources: 2 hours 15 minutes)

6.1 Remote PAMF Training

Check out our latest remote PAMF training webinar. It combines all of the video clips from the previous 5 modules into this two-part training.

 

  • 6.2 How the PAMF Model Works

    The model on which PAMF guidance is based needs to know the state of Phragmites invasion your management unit is in before it can give you advice. This video focuses on the machine learning model that PAMF uses to systematically learn from participant’s data and then provide site-specific management guidance in return.

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Join PAMF

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

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PAMF staff can be available to:
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answer questions and respond to inquiries
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Please contact: Samantha Tank, Great Lakes Commission at [email protected]