Implementing adaptive management and monitoring for restoration of Wetlands Invaded by Phragmites

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Phragmites control efforts often lack explicit site-specific restoration goals, consideration of landscape context, multi-year planning and measurement of ecosystem level responses. In addition, root causes of invasion such as increased nitrogen loading are rarely considered or addressed. We will present the initial results of our project to integrate high resolution maps from remote sensing with modeling of nitrogen loading and hydrological connectivity to create an adaptive plan that targets specific treatment techniques and time intervals, based on specific site conditions in Saginaw Bay. We will also present a suite of monitoring protocols tied to a range of specific management objectives and quantify their costs. Appropriate monitoring is critically important for demonstrating that management is achieving its intended goals. Nitrogen loading, landscape and site level propagule pressure, age of stands, and treatment methods, sequence and frequency directly influence the success 38 IAGLR 2017 / DETROIT ABSTRACTS of Phragmites invasion. The availability of tools that enable and encourage managers to explicitly consider all of these factors will have huge implications for improving the management of invasive Phragmites in Saginaw Bay and elsewhere in the Great Lakes.

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Publisher's version of record: http://iaglr.org/conference/downloads/2017_abstracts.pdf

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IAGLR's 60th annual Conference on Great Lakes Research