Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) along Michigan's northern coastlines
The invasion of non-native phragmites (Phragmites australis) poses one of the greatest threats to coastal wetlands and shorelines in the Great Lakes region. Michigan's coastal wetlands and beaches are home to seven federal listed species, 40 state listed and special concern species and 15 different wetland community types. These coastal communities are critically important to migratory birds, near shore fish spawning and rearing, waterfowl hunting, and sport fishing.
In 2009, a collaborative multi-pronged effort to detect and treat invasive phragmites was initiated along Michigan's northern coasts. Early detection and rapid response to non-native phragmites is one of the most proactive and cost effective actions that can be taken to conserve the coastal resources of the region.
In collaboration with local partners including townships, Conservation Districts, State Parks, and lake associations, MNFI:
- conducted surveys for phragmites over 500 miles of shoreline;
- prioritized sites with respect to rare plants, animals and natural communities;
- conducted workshops and field training for local officials, stakeholders and contractors;
- coordinated treatment with local stakeholders and DNRE staff;
- developed resource materials including maps, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, and timing guidelines for herbicide use around rare animals.
The project is supported by MDNR-Wildlife Division, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.