July 30, 2014 1-2pm Eastern
Anne Garwood, Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Ecologist, Michigan DEQ
Kevin Walters, Aquatic Biologist, Michigan DEQ
The invasive, non-native variety of Phragmites has become widespread in much of the Great Lakes region, however, funding and other resources necessary for successful management are often limited. Groups trying to manage Phragmites regionally often need to prioritize their efforts to accomplishing management goals and manage successfully in the long-term. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has developed a prioritization tool and user guide to help management groups prioritize the treatment and management of invasive Phragmites in Michigan. The prioritization tool uses three categories of criteria – ecological, human values, and feasibility/coordination of treatment – as factors to score and ultimately prioritize invasive Phragmites management. In the next Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative webinar, Anne Garwood and Kevin Walters from the Michigan DEQ will provide an overview of the Phragmites prioritization tool and will share the recently updated Michigan Phragmites Management User Guide.