2019 Georgian Bay Cuts for Invasive Phragmites

2019 Georgian Bay Phragbusting Cuts. Join one of these communities (scroll for yours).

 

Don’t see your community? Email Brooke to create a community cut with your neighbours!

Tay:

Please register to volunteer and get more details from Brooke.

  • SATURDAY AUGUST 17th- Sturgeon Bay along Robin’s Point Road, Waubaushene (Rain date- August 24th)
Honey Harbour:

If you are in the Honey Harbour area, please register to volunteer and get more details from Brooke.

  • SATURDAY JULY 20th (Location: TBD)
  • SATURDAY AUGUST 10th (Location: TBD)
  • SATURDAY AUGUST 24th (Location: TBD)
Cognashene:
 
12 Mile Bay:
  • SATURDAY JULY 27th (Location TBD)
Pointe au Baril:
For details and to register, Marine Patrol
 Your Georgian Bay Community Group.

* 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.

If your community cut isn’t listed above, email Brooke to register your group. Phragmites don’t follow boundaries – and the wider a Georgian Bay effort we make this, the better.

THANK YOU 2019 Phragmites Funders

Funding and assistance for the 2019 Georgian Bay Forever project, Phragmites Eradication for the Health of our Water and Wetlands, was provided by the Government of Canada summer jobs program, Township of Georgian Bay, Tay Township, Township of the Archipelago, BinCity.ca, the Honey Harbour Association, the Cognashene Cottagers Association, Wah Wah Taysee Association,  Twelve Mile Bay Members Association, and our many individual donors.

GBF sends our sincerest thanks to all for their investment in this initiative.

Georgian Bay Forever would like to thank the 2019 partners for helping  Phragmites Eradication for the Health of our Water and Wetlands. The Ontario Phragmites Working Group, Severn Sound Environmental Association, Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, the Sans Souci and Copperhead Association, the Massasauga Provincial Park (*), Friends of Massasauga Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park (*), the Georgian Bay Association, South Channel Association, West Carling Association, Bayfield-Nares Islanders Association, the Manitou Association, the Woods Bay Association and the Point au Baril Islanders Association.

Info on invasive Phragmites

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.


Wetland Comparisons Georgian Bay
Phragmites cont…

Phragmites on shore at Honey Harbour
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.

CPhragbusters T-shirtontinuing this 2019, Phragbusters are a GBF trained coalition of passionate volunteers, environmental organizations, cottage associations and parks, municipalities (Collingwood, Tay, Georgian Bay Township). Funding and assistance for the 2019 Georgian Bay Forever project, Phragmites Eradication for the Health of our Water and Wetlands, was provided by the Canada Summer Jobs, Township of the Archipelago, Wah Wah Taysee Association, Township of Georgian Bay, Manitou Cottage Associations, Twelve Mile Bay, Georgian Bay Association, Tay Township, and the Honey Harbour and Cognashene Cottagers Associations, and our many individual donors. GBF sends our sincerest thanks to all for their investment in this initiative.

Important Links/Info

Phragmites Home Page

The Process for Removal in Georgian Bay Wetlands

Phrag Cuts: Join others Phrag this summer or register your community’s cut

Identification of Phragmites: Videos and Quick Five tips

Meet the 2019 Phragbusters!
Mapping: How to map Phragmites – the first action step

Phragmites research we are following

Collected info on what governments are doing.

Lynn Short – Learn about this inspiring Phragmites Community Activist

Understand Phragmites in this wonderful Penny Skelton TV Show (1hr) featuring GBF’s David Sweetnam

Other events and opportunities:

  • Email us today at Brooke 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 Brooke to help you promote your cut with the Georgian Bay Community, and get more attention and volunteers.
More events to come. Remember to find out who is working on invasive Phragmites in your area

Link to Georgian Bay Phragbuster communities.