GBF 2021 - Phragmites Report

23 Ministry of Transportation Georgian Bay Forever has been working for years to help MTO improve Phragmites management on highways. More recently, gaps were identified in 2019 . GBF continues to pursue closing these general gaps in resources and transparency , which ask that MTO have : 1. Consistent annual funding to map all inventory of invasive Phragmites every year. Some mapping of inventory in both the Central Region and North Eastern Region was done in the past, but it seems inconsistent. 2. Consistent annual funding to analyze and present the invasive Phragmites mapping information every year a. Allows for understanding of the scope and size of the threat, areas of treatment, and success of treatments. b. Provide budget and resource allocation to share plans with municipalities (benefits - share mutual learnings, increase efficiencies, improve public understanding). 3. Consistent annual funding for planning and treatment of all Phragmites stands mapped each year. a. Rapid response will save money later In November 2019, The Township of The Archipelago and GBF had a meeting with the Ministry of Transportation Parliamentary Assistant MPP Thanigasalem in which gaps in highway Phragmites management were identified. In 2020, while not all gaps were closed, progress was made in dollar funding and its availability beyond one year. Seven hectares were treated in the Simcoe areas and on the highway 400 corridor from the junction of Highway 400 and Highway 11 to Port Severn North is one highlight. We will continue to pursue progress in this area, and will seek to activate more coordination amongst coastal municipalities on not only pressing for highway treatment, but also work to provide treatment information to municipalities for municipal roads. For more information, see the 2020 letter from MTO to GBF here: