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Mapping the native and invasive haplotypes of Phragmites australis in northern Michigan
The biodiversity of the state of Michigan, already fragmented and reduced in the wake of widespread logging and development (Penskar et al, 2001), is now threatened by non-native plant invasion (Goldberg, 2007), including that of the M Eurasian haplotype of Phragmites australis. At the request of The Little Traverse Conservancy (LTC), a coalition dedicated to preserving the natural diversity and beauty of Northern Michigan by acquiring and protecting significant land and scenic areas (Little Traverse Conservancy, nd), this study was designed to use GPS and GIS technologies, in conjunction with expertise gained through work with the Phragmites Diagnostic Service at Cornell University, to identify and map the locations of Phragmites australis stands in Northern Michigan’s Emmet, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan counties while also distinguishing between the invasive M Eurasian haplotype and the several native haplotypes historically present in the state. The maps produced from this effort will be used by LTC to guide native biodiversity preservation and restoration efforts to improve and maintain the quality of these Michigan natural areas.
Maple Bay - Douglas Lake