Best Practices Guides
Best Practices Guides
Many organizations have produced their own guidelines for managing Phragmites. Links to those guides are below. If we’ve missed a guide, let us know!
Will the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative produce a best management guide? Not at this time, because many high quality guides already exist. However, lessons learned from the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF) will be shared when available, and those lessons may include best practices.
Best Practices for Phragmites Management
By the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Best Practices for Equipment Cleaning
Clean Equipment Protocol for Industry
By the Ontario Invasive Plant Council
Best practices for decontamination for campers, trail users, homeowners, and field workers
This summarized protocol was shared with us from the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. For this project, the Band removed invasive Phragmites from wastewater treatment plants with native phrag. They set stringent rules for the contractors to follow when removing the Phrag, transporting it to landfill, cleaning the concrete-lined beds of Phrag material, laying down substrate and plastic sheeting on the bottom of the beds, and planting the native Phragmites. There is a 400 page document describing this protocol in detail, but this is the summary. Thank you to the Red Cliff Band for sharing this excellent work!
VIDEO: Cleaning Boats and Equipment to Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species in Michigan
By the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Best Practices for Invasive Plant Management Planning
Land Manager’s Guide to Developing an Invasive Plant Management Plan
By the US Fish and Wildlife Service and California Invasive Plant Council
Best Practices for Restoration
Phragmites Field Guide: Distinguishing between native and exotic forms of Common Reed (Phragmites australis) in the United States
By Jil Swearingen and Kristen Saltonstall (2010)
By Michigan Natural Features Inventory
By Dr. Kristin Saltonstall of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (2015)
VIDEO: Dr. Dan Carter Explains How to Identify Native Phragmites
By the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (2016)
General Information on Coastal Wetlands
About the Phragmites Collaborative
- The biology of Canadian weeds. Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. Ex Steud, by Drs Mal and Narine is a comprehensive review of litterature on Phragmites biology and population dynamics, historic progression in North-America, andcontrol and management strategies.
- Read more about the Michigan Sea Grant restoration projects in Lake St. Clair coastal wetlands (St. John’s Marsh, Lake St. Clair Metropark, and Harrison Township) here.
- Glyphosate Fact Sheets (General & Technical): Two levels of detail on glyphosate, one of the most common herbicides used for Phragmites management, from the National Pesticide Information Center. The technical fact sheet contains information about surfactants as well.
- Invasive Phragmites: a fact sheet developed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources presents the negative impacts associated with Phragmites progression and provides tips to distinguish native and non-native Phragmites.
- Invasive Phragmites Fact Sheet by Huron Pines with biological information as well as information about control options.
- Non-native Phragmites Fact Sheet by the Great Lakes Commission, presents an overview of the current extent of Phragmites invasion across the Great Lakes Basin, lists associated impacts and provides links to management plans and useful resources for each of the Great Lakes states and provinces.
- Phragmites resources by the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative include fact sheets, external links and resolutions passed the the organization.
- Plant Profile for Phragmites australis, by the Natural Resources Conservation Service provides information on taxonomy and distribution.
- Why Should I Care About Invasive Species? A good overview of the impacts of invasive species in the Midwest by the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN)