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Wednesday, January 31 • 9:20am - 9:40am
GENERAL FISHERIES & WILDLIFE: Managing Phragmites with Science on Your Side

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AUTHORS. Karen Alexander, Great Lakes Commission; Abram Dasilva, USGS Great Lakes Science Center; Kurt Kowalski, USGS Great Lakes Science Center, Christine Dumoulin, USGS Great Lakes Science Center, Dr. Clint Moore, PhD. University of Georgia; Heather Braun, Great Lakes Commission

ABSTRACT. Non-native Phragmites australis affects more than 24,000 ha of the U.S. coastline and a significant amount of inland areas in the Great Lakes basin (GLB). Although managers invest substantial resources, responses to treatments vary given application approach, site-specific environmental conditions, and a suite of other factors – resulting in uncertainty about treatment effectiveness. This presentation will focus on the status of an effort by the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative to develop an adaptive management framework that reduces this uncertainty for land managers while providing a system to leverage the collective learning from Phragmites treatments across the GLB. The Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF) provides involved land managers with: Annual treatment guidance generated by a predictive model; An easy-to-use  monitoring protocol that instructs data collection to improve future treatments; and a database of information from each Phragmites management unit enrolled in PAMF, including each year’s treatment and results.While this framework is a tool to benefit specific land managers and owners, PAMF also broadly benefits the GLB by reducing uncertainty of Phragmites management options, increasing transparency and accountability, and uniting resource managers, researchers, and other stakeholders in a collaborative effort to promote enduring conservation. 

Wednesday January 31, 2018 9:20am - 9:40am CST