Good news for community groups battling invasive Phragmites on Georgian Bay shorelines! If your community group needs some more resources, the Georgian Bay Township has allocated $15,000 for summer 2017 to community Phragbusting groups.
Here is how your group can qualify
- 1. Phragmites stands must be within Georgian Bay Township boundaries
2. Phragmites stands must be on Georgian bay shorelines, or in an area that is likely to spread to shorelines
3. Download and fill out this application form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Receive a letter of confirmation or requests for further info from email@example.com within 10 days
Help! I don't know what resources I need?There are many factors involved in a community fighting Phragmites. From learning how to identify the plant, mapping it, planning, resourcing and prioritizing which stands to tackle, to planning at executing cuts in late July and August. These steps are outlined in this link, The Process for Invasive Phragmites Removal in Georgian Bay Wetlands and Shorelines. Depending on your situation, examples of potential budgeting needs could be as follows:
- If stands are quite large (or you have several large ones) and manual cutting with hand cutters looks to be impossible, a consideration could be a STIHL Kombi System KM 130R (update 131R), equipped with a reciprocating power scythe FH-KM 135° attachment. Costs are about $600 to $800. Or a less expensive option.
- Your group may need training for identification, the process etc. If Georgian Bay Forever staff is available, we would be happy to help. Typically aim for a group of about 20 to 40 volunteers. Budgeting for the cost of staff travel could be a consideration.
- If permitted in your area, burn barrel(s) to help with disposal ( estimate $130 to $150 each)
- Other tools as indicated in the process that can't be donated for the day by volunteers (example extra hand-cutters, tarps, yard waste bags, twine etc.)
- Phragmites stand is dry land-based big and set back far enough from water, consideration could be given for the cost of a licensed applicator, and the costs of the materials