Factors Contributing to the Removal of a Marine Grass Invader (Spartina anglica) and Subsequent Potential for Habitat Restoration

Reeder, T.G. and S.D. Hacker

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Our goal is to understand how removal regime and habitat type interact to influence removal success of a marine plant invader and the subsequent potential for restoration. In particular, we investigate the management pro-gram designed to eradicate the English cordgrass, Spartina anglica C. E. Hubbard, in marine intertidal habitats of Puget Sound, Washington, United States. Observational and manipulative experiments were used to measure the regrowth (vegetative growth), reinvasion (seedling recruitment), and restoration potential (return to native condition) of invaded habitats. Removal regime (consistent: yearly removal; interrupted: yearly removal with the last year missed) and habitat type (low salinity marsh, mudflat, cobble beach, and high salinity marsh sites) were considered.

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Estuaries and Coasts