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A sustainable management strategy for Phragmites australis at a critical coastal wetland in Door County, Wisconsin

Phragmites australis is one of North America's most widespread and   destructive invasive species. Aggressive strains of this plant have   displaced thousands of acres of native wetland vegetation, affecting   both harvestable wildlife resources and endangered species. Control   of Phragmites is a current goal of agencies, organizations, and   private citizens across the Great Lakes basin. In most cases,   eradication of the plant from local areas is unrealistic. Even if   local eradication were possible, ongoing measures to prevent re-  invasion might require thousands of dollars annually. This project   combines on-the-ground control with a sustainable strategy for   minimizing the negative effects of Phragmites in a sensitive coastal   wetland, conceding that the species will always be present in the   target area. The researchers will apply an integrated pest   management approach involving 1) identification of priority areas   where Phragmites would be most damaging; 2) mapping Phragmites   populations in order to guide ongoing control efforts; and 3)   establishing a framework for long term collaboration among resource   management partners.    The project is focused on high quality coastal wetlands at the   Ridges Sanctuary and Toft Point Natural Area in Door County,   Wisconsin. These wetlands are home to numerous rare plant species,   high priority bird species (e.g., American Bittern and Trumpeter   Swan), and the federally endangered Hines Emerald Dragonfly. The   wetlands continue to be threatened by Phragmites invasion despite   extensive control efforts during the past several years.   Representatives from the Wisconsin DNR, Ridges Sanctuary, Friends of   Toft Point, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Door County Invasive   Species Program, The Nature Conservancy, and the University of   Wisconsin Green Bay have contributed to these Phragmites control   efforts. The project seeks to augment ongoing control efforts and to   initiate an affordable and sustainable management plan with these   partners.    (Phragmites); (Phragmite); (Phragmites australis); (AIS); (aquatic   invasive species); (ANS); (aquatic nuisance species); (exotic   species); (aquatic invasive plant); (aquatic invasive plants);   (wetlands); (Wisconsin)

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Robert W. HowePrincipal Investigator
Associated with 3 projects
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program $ 27,144.00USDEstimates

Funding 5 projects for a total of $317,825.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Impact of Pollutants
Exotic Species
Land Use and Habitat
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Michigan
Out of Basin
State Province
Control And Mitigation
Integrated Control Strategy
Socio-economic Consideration and Analysis
Recreation / Tourism Impacts
Annex Numbers
Research & Development
Surveillance and Monitoring
Annex 17
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
Aquatic Nuisance Species
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    Annex Numbers
    Research & Development
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats

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