Michigan State University and partners took a regional approach to assess, prioritize, and build long-term capacity to detect and treat non-native phragmites along much of Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline. The project facilitated the early treatment of small infestations of phragmites to prevent its widespread establishment and increase local capacity to monitor and treat new occurrences. To accomplish this, project partners expanded an existing survey, monitoring and training programs to include northeastern lower Michigan and also provided seed money to local entities for treatment. Considered separately, this project helped protect more than 80 acres from phragmites.
“This grant enabled us to demonstrate that treating infestations of high impact species when they were in the early stages of infestation can protect more acres over the long term. It provided tremendous momentum for building capacity for early detection and rapid response (EDRR) to high threat species throughout Michigan.” – Phyllis Higman; Michigan Natural Features Inventory; Sr. Conservation Scientist