Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Georgia
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Georgia Project

Develop an Adaptive Management Framework to Reduce the Impact of Invasive Phragmites in the Great Lakes Basin

August 2015 - September 2021


Participating Agencies

  • USGS - Great Lakes Science Center
  • Great Lakes Science Center
  • Great LAkes Science Center

This project will develop decision support tools for Phragmites management in the Great Lakes Basin. This effort will develop dynamic system models and decision support tools for Phragmites management that are informed by on-the-ground data. The new integrated approach will build on existing successful programs and resources (e.g., the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative (GLPC), structured decision making at the local land-unit scale, Best Management Practices (BMP) guidelines), develop much needed new components (e.g., standardized scalable monitoring protocol, centralized data management system, larger scale state/transition models, expanded BMP toolkit), and put in place a strategic information stream to support decision makers. Development of the integrated approach will need to be a multi-institution effort to both take advantage of existing investments and maximize basin-wide participation and investment by resource managers. Success of this project will result in a framework for using adaptive management to manage Phragmites on the patch and landscape scale.