July 2017. With more than 8,000 km of shoreline, Georgian Bay is home to some of the Canada's most pristine coastal wetlands. Many creatures and organisms depend on these wetlands for life-sustaining activities like food and foraging, nurseries, spawning, shade, water treatment and shelter. This tenacious invasive plant, Phragmites australis subsp australis, grows quickly and densely into monocultures that threaten to reduce plant biodiversity, decrease habitat for endangered species, and damage the proper functioning of Georgian Bay's coastal wetlands. You can help fight this invasive! Volunteer for one of the cuts listed below.
2017 Georgian Bay Phragbusting Cuts. Join one of these communities.
Collingwood: Big Cut August 12thGet involved in helping the precious coastal wetlands of Collingwood! They need your help. Join members of town staff, Councillor Doherty, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA), Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, and GBF. Find details and register now!
- See this video presentation from the NVCA on the biodiversity that you are fighting Phrag for.
- Breathing New Life to Collingwood Beaches. Read the 2016 report on the history of Phragmites removal in Collingwood.
- Watch this fun video of Collingwood volunteers in ACTION! Link to video.
Honey Harbour: 3 dates
- Sunday Aug 6, 10 am at Bide-a-Wee Channel
- Saturday August 12th, Biggest Cut Date 10 am at Charlie's Channel
- Saturday August 19th, 9 am, South Bay by the bridge
- For more cut dates, please visit this Honey Harbour Association page . To volunteer for Honey Harbour cuts or learn more, email Kristin Koetsier, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Pointe au Baril: August 12Starts at 10 am to 1 pm. To help, please email, email Scott or Marine Patrol
Sturgeon Bay near Victoria Harbour: 2 dates
- Saturday August 12
- Saturday August 19 Both start at about 10 am. Contact Donna, email@example.com.
Thornbury, Peasemarsh Conservation Area: 2 datesOn August 10 and 11, help cut Phrag from 10-3 with Grey Sauble Conservation in partnership with the Beaver River Watershed Initiative.
If volunteers wish to attend they can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-376-3076 ext 236.
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park: Various dates throughout AugustVolunteer help is needed. Email Ashlea, Ashlea.Veldhoen@ontario.ca.
Wasaga Beach Bluewater on-the-bay condominium community: Saturday August 12Your neighbours need your help. Email Ian, email@example.com.
Wymbolwood Beach (Tiny): Multiple Summer Phrag CutsWymbolwood beach are always looking for volunteers to help the fight. Please email Lynn Short if you would like to learn what you can do at Wymbolwood Beach.
Your Georgian Bay Community Group.If your community cut isn't listed above. Email Communications to register your group. Phragmites don't follow boundaries - and the wider a Georgian Bay effort we make this, the better. * Note: not all communities have registered their cuts. To search by first letter of your community and find your local leader, please go to this link.
Phragmites cont... Not only do they impair the wetlands ecosystems, they can wreak havoc on your recreational enjoyment of the water. Due to its height and density, a stand of invasive Phragmites can block access to your favourite shoreline or view, and create potential fire hazards due to large amount of dead standing thatch within mature stands.
Georgian Bay Communities: Taking Action...Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) calls fighters of invasive Phragmites - PHRAGBUSTERS. Continuing this 2017, Phragbusters are a GBF trained coalition of passionate volunteers, environmental organizations, cottage associations and parks, specific townships (Collingwood, Georgian Bay Township); and grant support from the RBC Blue Water Project.
Other events and opportunities:
- Email us today at Communications to advise us of your interest in being a Phragbuster, and we will help you find a cut or learn about this plant.
- Email us today at Communications to help you promote your cut with the Georgian Bay Community, and get more attention and volunteers.