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Tuesday, January 26 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative: A Collective Impact Approach To Non-Native Phragmites

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AUTHORS: Heather Braun*, Great Lakes Commission; Kurt Kowalski, U.S. Geological Survey – Great Lakes Science Center; Katherine Hollins, Great Lakes Commission

ABSTRACT: Rapid progression of non-native common reed Phragmites australis across the Great Lakes basin affects the biodiversity and ecological functions of coastal and wetland habitats, impairs the socio-economic value of wetlands and shorelines, places an increased financial burden on land managers, and threatens the extensive habitat restoration efforts funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other restoration programs. The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative (GLPC) is a regional partnership established in 2012 to improve communication and collaboration and lead to more coordinated, efficient and strategic approaches to non-native Phragmites management, restoration and research across the Great Lakes basin. Prior to the establishment of the GLPC, resources on non-native Phragmites management were scattered and sometimes inaccurate, management was rarely ecosystem-based or adaptive, management efforts were uncoordinated and up–to-date research was not publicized and integrated into management practices. Administered by the U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center and the Great Lakes Commission, the GLPC uses the model of Collective Impact to address the large-scale and complex ecological issues resulting from non-native Phragmites invasion and guide the efforts of stakeholders engaged in management and research. With input from an Advisory Committee, the GLPC facilitates regional communication through a centralized web-hub, webinar series, and other user-driven products. Overall, it serves as a partnership to link people, information and action. Capitalizing on an interactive approach, the GLPC provides access to rigorous science and promotes network building among managers, government agencies, landowners and scientists. We present the organizational structure, goals and objectives of the GLPC, review the communication tools created to support efficient and effective management and restoration, and discuss research and adaptive management tools under development to address needs and knowledge gaps and improve coordination among and between scientists and managers.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 2:00pm - 2:20pm EST
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