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Wednesday, February 8 • 10:40am - 11:00am
Symposia Session - S9: Landscape Conservation Science and Management. Developing the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF) in the Great Lakes Basin

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AUTHORS: Danielle M. Haak, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Georgia; Kurt P. Kowalski, U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center; Clinton T. Moore, U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Georgia; Abram DaSilva, U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center

ABSTRACT: Non-native Phragmites occupies approximately 24,000 hectares of Great Lakes shoreline, and another 340,000 hectares are at risk of invasion. Management resources are available to guide the treatment selection process (e.g. local best management practices) but do not account for variation based on local conditions or uncertainties about plant response to treatments. The Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF) is being developed to facilitate a landscape change in management strategy and is actively recruiting participants from federal, state, provincial, and local governments; NGOs; local community groups; and private landowners. The development team is responsible for identifying fundamental objectives, selecting a menu of potential management alternatives, developing a tiered monitoring protocol, and constructing predictive models. Once fully operational, PAMF participants will select and implement a management action, monitor the efficacy of that action through the use of the standardized monitoring protocol, upload results to a centralized database, and then receive customized guidance, based on the state-and-transition models, indicating what management action is most likely to achieve objectives during the next annual time-step. PAMF will unite resource managers, researchers, and other stakeholders in the Great Lakes in an effort to promote enduring conservation by establishing and furthering cooperation and transparent decision making in the face of uncertainty. This cooperative effort is a more cost- and time-efficient approach for the stakeholder than a ‘go-it-alone’ approach. PAMF will enable resource managers in the Great Lakes basin to better control invasive Phragmites and benefit from the learning that occurs from a regional effort.

Wednesday February 8, 2017 10:40am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom E

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