July 11, 2016 - The UP RC&D Council is currently soliciting bids for herbicide treatments of non-native phragmites in Menominee and Delta Counties. The deadline for bid submissions, and the instructions for submitting bids are included in the two bid package documents "UP RC&D Council U.P. Phragmites Project RFQ 2016" and "Garden Peninsula RFQ".
Click the link for these documents in the documents section below. Direct questions about these RFQs to Darcy Rutkowski at 906-225-0215.
Help Us De-Phrag the UP!
The UP RC& D Council is one of only 15 grant recipients to be awarded Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding which was announced in March 2015 by the EPA to combat invasive species. The new project entitled “Phragmites Prevention and Control Coalition of Michigan’s UP” is funded by an award of $964,922. These funds will allow us to continue to collaborate with local and regional partners for two more years to restore at least 800 acres of coastal shoreline and wetlands in the Upper Peninsula by treating invasive phragmites. This work will build on the highly successful UP Phragmites Project which we have been facilitating for the past two years, and the highlights of that project can be found in the “2015 Phragmites Project Update” which is in the documents section at the bottom of this page. Our Coalition will also work with local groups to detect new infestations and help them assume stewardship for long-term control efforts.
More about the Phragmites Prevention & Control Coalition of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Utilizing grant funds, the UP RC&D Council has worked with partners to map all the non-native phragmites in the UP and we have collectively treated more than 550 acres of coastal and interior wetlands (most of those acres were treated for two consecutive years). If you have been one of the fortunate landowners whose property has been located in one of our prioritized treatment zones, and received grant-funded treatment the past two years—we will not be able to use the new grant funds to do any further herbicide treatments on your property. These landowners are moving into the maintenance phase of managing the phragmites on their property and one of the most important goals of this new project is to identify local stakeholder groups that will help lead these ongoing stewardship efforts. Most of these landowners will have a much smaller infestation or no remaining phragmites after two years of treatment. It is our hope that they will be willing to make the personal investment to keep phragmites from re-infesting their property, and the cost of doing this should be much more affordable than it would have been prior to this project. We certainly don’t want to see non-native phragmites return to these previously restored coastal wetlands. Taking control of non-native phragmites in the UP is going to require a long-term commitment on the part of private landowners and public land managers. We will be working with your local county conservation district and other local leaders to help landowners find ways to make that happen.
These grant programs are very competitive. The EPA received 95 applications requesting more than $70 million dollars in funding, and only funded 15 of those proposals. Our proposal was strengthened by the collaboration of a very dedicated group of project partners and steering team members. It was also strengthened by our ability to demonstrate that we are able to engage UP landowners and land managers with our project to have successfully treated more than 550 acres of non-native phragmites over the past two years. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from private landowners, townships, counties and their local county conservation districts, state agencies (MDOT, MDEQ, MDNR) and federal agencies (Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forests, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Seney National Wildlife Refuge) to find ways to treat phragmites infestations that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
We hope to be able to offer all landowners in the UP with phragmites infestations on their property free (grant-funded) treatment. If you are interested in having the non-native phragmites on your property treated with grant funds, you will need to complete the landowner permission form. Please complete both sides of the form and sign the form making sure to fill in all the blanks (or it won’t be valid) and return it to the project office at this address:
U.P. Phragmites Project
UP RC & D Council
129 W Baraga Avenue, Suite F
Marquette, MI 49855
In order to have your non-native phragmites treated with grant funds we must have your completed and signed permission form in our office by Friday, June 26, 2015.
Important—If you wish to have the non-native phragmites on your property treated with grant funds in late August and September 2015—Do Not Mow the infestations prior to that time. In order for the herbicide treatments to be most effective, the plants need to be vigorous, with flowering tassels so that the chemical can be trans-located down into the rhizomes.
Click the link for the 2016 UP Phragmites Coalition Landowner Permission Form in the Documents Section below.
If you live in Delta County, you will need to also complete the 2015 Delta Conservation District's Landowner Permission Form which is also below.
What You Can Do To Help Us De-Phrag the UP
Learn as much as you can about the biology of phragmites and the most effective control strategies.
Some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about the biology of this plant can be found at the website maintained by the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative. You will find information about how to distinguish the native phragmites (Phragmites australis subsp. americanus) from the non-native sub-species, and information about which control techniques are most effective and which techniques have the potential to make the infestation worse. Encourage your constituents, friends and neighbors to educate themselves about non-native phragmites as well. Check out the resources and links below in the Phragmites Information section for more information about this species.
Report locations of non-native phragmites - We are working to develop this website reporting function - please be patient. We hope to have this functional in early 2013. While the monotypic infestations along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Menominee and Delta Counties are pretty obvious, we may not be aware of smaller, outlying infestations. We will rely on local residents to report those outlying infestations so that they can be ground-truthed.