Slender false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) is a highly invasive, early detection priority species that forms dense monocultures and threatens native biodiversity. This invasive grass is relatively new to the Great Lakes Basin, found in New York and Michigan, and is an important species to be on the lookout for as it spreads rapidly and negatively impacts a wide range of habitats. Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management is leading a collaborative, funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, to improve the understanding and management of this species. Step one in this effort is to determine the distribution of slender false brome. This program will introduce the established survey protocol and the strategy for selecting survey locations, which includes an adaptive GIS based habitat suitability model. We will also review survey results, and how we will continue to use the habitat suitability modeling to prioritize future survey locations.
Early detection survey protocol and habitat suitability modeling for slender false brome, an invasive bunch grass
Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management