Ministry of Transportation Invasive Phragmites Updates

Thank you to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for helping to control this invasive by attacking it on some important highways leading right up to Georgian Bay, and other important beautiful areas in Ontario.

Highways are spread vectors of this invasive plant that connect with municipal roads that connect right to the places we all love. It is important that we all work together to stop this plant.

Working on it
In March, all regions of MTO met together to share information and ideas, and all were interested in initiating Phragmites control efforts. The meeting helped spread understanding about the negative issues of invasive Phragmites if left untreated.

Regions began the work of assessing invasive Phragmites in their area, prioritizing areas of concern/control, and working to secure funding to do the work.

All of this will take time, but is amazing progress in the fight against invasive Phragmites. See the information to the right to see some of MTO's updates.

West Region
  • MTO’s Murray Purcell and his team have been working hard on Western Region Highways. Phragmites control is part of that.
  • For Georgian Bay, this season’s proposed Phragmites control is being on done on highways that lead to Owen Sound and Meaford areas.
  • Everything’s interconnected. Invasive Phragmites doesn’t respect geographical boundaries, so it is important to recognize all the Phragmites control in this region going on. Highways lead to other places we love.
  • Please see this map of the WESTERN Region and proposed sprays. Note: Hwy #26 was sprayed a couple of years ago; some of it is being done again this year (Owen Sound to Meaford). With ongoing construction this year east of Meaford towards Collingwood, this section will be scheduled for next year. Hwy #10 south of Chatsworth and Hwy #6 north of Owen Sound has minimal Phrag areas, but will be monitored to spray next year if required.
Central Region
  • MTO’s Bruce Leonard and his team have been working hard on Central Region highways. Phragmites control is part of that.
  • Most important to Georgian Bayers is control spraying measures being taken on the 400 from HWY 9 to Coldwater the first week in Aug.
  • Everything’s interconnected. Invasive Phragmites doesn’t respect geographical boundaries, so it is important to recognize all the Phragmites control in this region. They lead to other places we love. Central is also proposing work on the 404 and 401 from Morningside to Port Hope.
Supporting Information and Links on other Invasive Phragmites work.