What Can I Do?

Whether you are a land manager, an elected official, or a land owner – view the steps below to find out more about what you can do to contribute to the management of non-native Phragmites, or common reed.

View our resources and case studies and learn about Phragmites identification and determine what management options are best for you. If desired, refer to our Contractor Database for contractors in your area who have the capacity and experience to manage Phragmites. Additionally, check out our compilation of local ordinances here.

After management, apply monitoring techniques to determine your results and the need for re-application of management. Additionally, you can find and consult with local professionals in your area by exploring our Lookup Tool: Invasive Species Management Areas, which provides contact information for local invasive species management groups near you.

Non-native Phragmites Reporting

First, survey your property to locate all non-native Phragmites. Contributing your findings to an invasive species occurrence database provides critical data on Phragmites distribution and helps create a landscape-scale understanding of its spread.

Report your findings! Visit our mapping and monitoring tools page for more information.

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Land management

Taking action can look different for everyone, for landowners and land managers this may mean a review of your management options to find what may work best for your specific environmental and hydrological conditions of the site containing Phragmites. Additionally, you may want to hire a contractor with greater experience and resources for management. If that is the case you can explore our contractor database for contractors in your area and view services they can provide. For more management resources, find your local invasive species organization.
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Adaptive management and monitoring

Share the results of your monitoring efforts to create a better map of Phragmites across the landscape. Learn about the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework  and how your monitoring data can contribute to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Phragmites management.

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