Foremost phragmites expert gives talk in Providence Bay The Manitoulin Expositor (8/12) An information session was held at the Providence Bay, Ont., community hall with an environmental consultant and a wetland ecologist to speak of the impacts Phragmites are causing and of the solutions to eradicate it.
Wildlife funds helping battle phragmites Huron Daily Tribune (8/2) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has allocated $33,000 since last summer to eradicate phragmites along the Huron County, Mich., shoreline.
Green Bay is "ground zero" for invasive reeds Green Bay Press-Gazette (7/29) In Wisconsin, nearly 800 acres of shoreline, public park land and private property in the area has been overrun by an invasive, giant grass reed known for destroying native ecosystems and fueling wildfires.
NOTL seeks support to stop invasive phragmites Niagara-On-The-Lake Town Crier (7/13) In Ontario, Niagara-On-The-Lake city council has joined in the call for support to battle an invasive plant causing damage to the province's biodiversity, wetlands and beaches.
Overview Phragmites australis, also known as common reed or phragmites, is an invasive perennial grass that has spread rapidly throughout coastal and interior wetlands, riparian corridors, roadside ditches and other disturbed areas within the Great Lakes basin.
There are varieties of phragmites native to the Great Lakes region, but these grow more slowly and less aggressively than the non-native strain thought to have originated in Europe. Since introduction, the non-native strain of phragmites has spread pervasively through the Great Lakes region and other regions of the United States by both natural and human-driven dispersal mechanisms.
Due to its dense growth both above and below ground, phragmites can create stands 10-15 feet in height that effectively crowd and shade out native wetland and coastal species. As native assemblages are replaced by phragmites, species diversity is reduced and wildlife habitat quality is degraded. Dense phragmites stands can even alter the hydrologic regime of invaded wetlands by increasing evaporation and trapping sediment. Economic impacts of invasive phragmites infestations include reductions in property values and revenue loss from impacted recreational activities due to impeded access to coastal areas and restricted views.
Assessment Results: Phragmites Australis in Indiana’s Natural Areas Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Invasive Plant Species Assessment Work Group This assessment analyzes different aspects of phragmites management in Indiana, including: invasion status, ecological impacts of invasion, potential for expansion, difficulty of management, and commercial value.
Clay Township Phragmites Management Plan Clay Township, St. Clair County, Michigan This long-term management plan is an example of actions at the local government level to coordinate and improve management and control of invasive phragmites on private property.
Fighting Invasive Phragmites The Beaver Island Association This website and video tell the story of a phragmites rapid response initiative on Beaver Island, Michigan, located in northern Lake Michigan.
Online factsheet: Phragmites: Common Reed Cornell University, Ecology and Management of Invasive Plants Program Researchers at Cornell University are investigating potential biological control methods for use in phragmites management. Their website also contains information on a free diagnostic service to assist in distinguishing between native and non-native phragmites.
Phragmites Control Plan U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service This document outlines a management plan for phragmites in the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah.
Recommendations: Phragmites Australis in Indiana’s Natural Areas Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Invasive Plant Species Assessment Work Group This assessment analyzes different aspects of phragmites management in Indiana, including: invasion status, ecological impacts of invasion, potential for expansion, difficulty of management, and commercial value. Recommendations are provided to various government entities and stakeholder groups.
Report: Common Reed USDA Forest Service Publication FHTET-2002-04 This report summarizes research into natural insect enemies of phragmites and makes recommendations for future work.
Report: Control of Phragmites in a Michigan Great Lakes Marsh U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS Getsinger, K.D., LS. Nelson, L.A.M. Glomski, E. Kafcas, J. Schafer, S. Kogge, and M. Nurse. 2007. This report presents the results of small- and large-scale invasive phragmites treatment demonstrations, comparing and assessing outcomes from different treatment regimes and providing recommendations.