UW-GREEN BAY: UWGB Facilitating Adaptive Mgmt of Phragmites


The University of Wisconsin Green Bay is sponsoring a grant that proposes to increase the understanding of Phragmites australis population control and promote an adaptive management approach to the restoration of Phragmites-invaded wetland communities in Wisconsin. An online clearinghouse will be created to store and share information about Phragmites management and monitoring data. A quantitative protocol will be developed to assess the outcomes of Phragmites treatments. In addition protocols will be developed to characterize the soil microbial community at treatment sites. These protocols will be used to assess long-term treatment efficacy and native vegetation and soil microbial response at multiple sites in northeastern Wisconsin. The project will coordinate an experimental approach to Phragmites management by enlisting regional Wisconsin partners to strategically apply differing treatment methods. In addition the soil microbial community will be monitored at sites treated as part of this project and at previously treated sites. The proposed studies will happen with oversight of the Department Lakes Technical Review Team liaison and/or Wetland Invasive Species experts. Biannual check-in meetings will be held with and progress reports will be presented to Department staff. The first check-in meeting will take place before the project work begins. Results will be shared at professional meetings & published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In addition, a short management brief, summarizing study findings for the general public, will be developed in collaboration with the Department. The final project report will include results, conclusions of studies and any project data in electronic format. It is recommended that the Grantee provide the DNR liaison with a draft report prior to requesting final payment.

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