Join MAISRC for an invasive Phragmites webinar
Researchers from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center will be hosting a webinar to present on and discuss the status of invasive Phragmites in Minnesota, as well as strategies for response. There will also be time for questions.
When: Wednesday, May 22 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Registration: Free! Click here to sign up
Invasive Phragmites is a non-native wetland grass that can degrade fish and wildlife habitat, native plant diversity, and impede access to lakes and riverways. Over the past two years, researchers at the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center have been investigating the distribution of invasive Phragmites in the state. The team has documented 389 populations statewide through targeted staff surveillance and reports by community members and agency staff. Invasive Phragmites is most common in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Chisago and Wright counties, and around the city of Duluth, and most populations appear to be of manageable size. These findings suggest there is a window of opportunity to reverse invasive Phragmites spread in Minnesota by mobilizing a strategic, coordinated response across the landscape.
Researchers recently developed an assessment of capacity and possible strategies to support such an effort. The assessment will be available here on our website after May 15th. We look forward to hearing your questions and comments during the discussion! The webinar will be recorded and available for later viewing. Register here!