June 2011: Phragmites

Phragmites is the common reed which has taken over many of our natural areas. It outcompetes native plants and creates a monoculture. Topics include how to identify phragmites, native phragmites vs. non-native phragmites, and its biology and distribution. Methods of control will also be discussed, including herbicide treatments, techniques, and the permit process.


Bob Williams - Bob has been successful at controlling invasive plants, including Phragmites, in his restoration of a lakeplain prairie at Stewart farm. He is an MSU Extension Service Volunteer and the founder and Webmaster of www.Phragmites.org and www.Phragmites.info. In 2007 Bob was one of the founders of the Harsens Island Phragmites Committee whose purpose it was to educate the islanders about the problems with Phragmites and to teach them how to control it. In 2010 he was appointed to the Clay Township Phragmites Advisory Board. Bob and his wife Susan were also recently named Michiganians of the year by The Detroit News.

Katherine Glassner-Shwayder - Katherine serves as senior project manager at the Commission in the Aquatic Ecosystems and Biodiversity program. The focus of her work at the Commission has been on the prevention and control of aquatic invasive species (AIS) since 1992. Katherine also holds the position of coordinator for the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, providing support on AIS issues in areas of policy development, research coordination and information/education. Through her work with the Great Lakes Panel, Katherine has gained significant experience in consensus building focused on AIS issues on a multijurisdictional level among agency representatives and stakeholders in the region. She has also participated on the national Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, representing Great Lakes interests. Katherine holds a master's degree in water resources management from the University of Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and a bachelor's degree in biology from Oberlin College. Before joining the Commission, she worked as a research associate at The Center for the Great Lakes. She also has experience as a Wisconsin Sea Grant extension agent, secondary science teacher and naturalist with the National Park Service.

Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 12:00pm
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