An adaptive management framework to control invasive annual brome grasses in Northern Great Plains parks (ABAM)

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Invasion by annual brome grasses (cheatgrass and Japanese or field brome) into National Park Service units (parks) in the Northern Great Plains (NGP) impacts park historical and ecological integrity by reducing native plant diversity and altering ecosystem functioning. Parks currently implement few management actions targeting annual bromes, and consequently these species persist and have even increased in some parks. Uncertainty about the effectiveness of specific management treatments in controlling annual bromes and limited capacity to apply management treatments make the problem of managing bromes complex. The Annual Brome Adaptive Management project (ABAM) is tackling this problem through a cooperative effort between Northern Prairie and seven parks and their supporting management and monitoring networks. ABAM is developing a structured adaptive management framework that will guide parks and their supporting networks in making more effective and strategic vegetation management decisions.