Great Phragbusting in Honey Harbour 2016!
There have been many great scenes of the Honey Harbour community and ambassadors taking on this terrible invasive reed this summer. Travelling cottage to cottage, and attending many talks, Kristin and Robert took the time to educate members of the community to remove these plants with a process that aims to do the 'Most good, with the least amount of harm.'As Kristin Koetsier puts it, "The number of phrag stands cropping up in Honey Harbour can at first seem overwhelming, but it’s amazing how quickly these stands can be cut when there’s a large enough group of volunteers! I really believe that it’s possible for our community to keep phrag under control, but it’s going to require a high level of involvement - that’s why it’s so important to get the information out there and reach out to your neighbours.”.
Sometimes the cuts were larger then individual landowners could cope with by themselves.
Robert, Kristin, and Kathryn organized cut days where members of the community could come and help. On August 6th, cuts were done in the South Bay, and on August 13th, cuts were done in the Bide-a-Wee channel. We asked Robert Davis what he enjoyed most about working with the community around invasive Phragmites. "This project has been very rewarding. We've been getting positive feedback by helping community members on how to do cuts along with helping concerned cottagers properly identify phrag. Who knew a summer chest deep in swamps could be so much fun!"