July, 2016: Invasive Phragmites Control Methods and Techniques

For some, phrag is an entrenched invasive; for others it's relatively new to the scene and we've heard about it's impact on property values, view, biodiversity and boat access. This webcast will help us learn about what controlling the invasive plant phragmites is all about! Where are all the ducks?! How do we start?

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This common reed plant that has taken over many of our natural areas out-competes native plants and creates a monoculture of reeds. It reduces the biodiversity of plants and therefore the biodiversity of animal life. It limits views, limits access to lakes, rivers and canals for recreational purposes, reduces property values and is a fire hazard. This presentation will concentrate on the practical aspects of small scale, cost efficient phragmites control for municipalities, property owners and volunteer groups. Topics will include treatment options, when to treat, supplies and tools needed, basic herbicide safety, permits, and protecting native plants. We will introduce you to Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework that will accelerate your efforts to control phragmites.

Bob Williams - Bob graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Architecture in 1970 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. His is a registered Architect in and practices architecture in the State of Michigan. Bob has been successful at controlling Phragmites in his restoration of a lakeplain prairie and Great Lakes Marsh at Stewart farm, Harsens Island, Michigan. He is a 2007 graduate of the Michigan State University Conservation Stewards Program and an MSU Extension Service Volunteer. He is the founder and webmaster of www.Phragmites.org and the Chairperson of the Clay Township Phragmites Advisory Board. On the topic of Phragmites Control Bob has presented dozens of public workshops for local communities and non-profits as well as organizations such as Wildlife Habitat Council, The Stewardship Network, MSU Extension Service and The Great Lakes Commission. He has trained more than a thousand individuals in Phragmites control.

Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 12:00pm
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