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Great Lakes Slender False Brome Working Group

The Great Lakes Slender False Brome Working Group was established to improve the understanding and management of slender false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) within New York State and the Great Lakes Basin. The Working Group addresses the threat posed by this species by coordinating management efforts and educating the community to increase awareness and involvement in these efforts.

Slender False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) infestation. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM
Slender False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum) infestation. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM

The Threat

Slender false brome forms dense clumps that outcompete other vegetation, reducing native biodiversity and negatively impacting the vegetative structure of natural areas. Found in a wide-range of habitats including full-sun, full-shade and from very dry to moist conditions, slender false brome doesn’t appear to have many limitations as to where it may establish. This species also produces high quantities of seed which are spread on hiking gear, mowing equipment and by deer, and it is not palatable to wildlife or livestock.

If you believe you have found an infestation of slender false brome, please follow our Early Detection Reporting Protocol.

Core Functions:

Great Lakes Slender False Brome 2018 Survey and Monitoring Intern, Rachel Bonafilia, is collecting canopy cover data as part of survey protocol. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM
Great Lakes Slender False Brome 2018 Survey and Monitoring Intern, Rachel Bonafilia, is collecting canopy cover data as part of survey protocol. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM

Partner/Network Coordination and Communication:
Facilitate the exchange of information, expertise and resources among members of the Working Group, additional stakeholders and the public.

Education and Outreach:
Increase awareness of this species by providing learning opportunities and access to identification, survey and management materials.

Management:
Develop Best Management Practices for Brachypodium sylvaticum by working with partners to implement and assess different removal methods.

Survey and Monitoring:
Determine the presence and distribution of this species, and make information publicly accessible to improve management success.

Brachypodium slyvaticum - slender false brome
Slender False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum). Photo Credit: WNY PRISM
Spread Prevention:

Promote practices that decrease the transport of Brachypodium sylvaticum seeds and plant material by human activity through an understanding of pathways of invasion.

For more information on slender false brome and this project, please contact:

Brittany Hernon, Project Manager
Great Lakes Slender False Brome Working Group
[email protected] / (716) 878-5422

Funding for the Great Lakes Slender False Brome Working Group is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.