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PAMF Training Session: Chicago, IL

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William W. Powers State Recreation Area

12949 Avenue O

Chicago, IL 60633

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Are you currently managing or planning to manage Phragmites within the Great Lakes basin or in neighboring watersheds within Great Lake States or Provinces? If so, consider participating in the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF) and do your part to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Phragmites management.

What is PAMF?

Non-native Phragmites is managed using a suite of conventional approaches (e.g., herbicide, cutting/crushing, flooding, burning), but these approaches aren’t getting the job done at the landscape scale. They are resource intensive and differ in effectiveness, largely because there are uncertainties about how the plant responds to treatment given site-specific conditions and variations in how managers apply treatments.

To address these challenges, the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative developed an adaptive management strategy called the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). This free program uses a citizen science strategy to analyze management outcomes from all participants to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of Phragmites management throughout the Great Lakes basin.

PAMF is designed to give you data-driven management guidance based on the specific level of infestation found on your site. PAMF allows anyone within the Great Lakes basin to enroll and receive data-driven guidance. Currently, everyone from state and federal land managers all the way to private citizens that are struggling to manage Phragmites in their yards have enrolled in PAMF. Check out our website for additional information: https://www.greatlakesphragmites.net/pamf/.


Why attend this training?

Chicago represents a unique learning opportunity as it is a highly disturbed system due to urbanization and industrial influence. There is some really encouraging Phragmites work going on in the Calumet region as well as the forest preserves in addition to other efforts. Currently, we have several sites enrolled in the southern Lake Michigan watershed, but none in Illinois. Let's fill this data gap and learn together!

If you are interested in contributing to and benefitting from the collective learning process, attend a PAMF training or contact the PAMF coordinator at pamf@glc.org to get started. This training session will give a complete background on the program and provide you with the tools you need to enroll and monitor your management units as part of PAMF. We estimate the annual time commitment of participating in PAMF to be approximately 3-5 hours/site, with the benefit gained well worth the investment of time! In-field assistance will be offered for those interested in enrolling one or more management units into PAMF.

We look forward to seeing you at our next training!

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