GBF 2021 - Phragmites Report

24 Conclusion Georgian Bay Forever is entering the 9 th year of Phragmites management. In 2020 we made tremendous strides towards eradication, seeing close to 50% eradication along the coast. Although 2020 brought challenges due to COVID-19 and funding, 3 dedicated students brought huge accomplishments to the coasts and we are feeling optimistic for a future with Phragmites eradication on the east coast. . • GBF staff mapped 711 stands (sites) and cut 170 stands (sites) • 275, or 39%, of these sites are in the monitoring/ eradicated stage • 445, or 63%, of Phragmites stands are under management by GBF • GBF staff and volunteers dedicated 2075 hours to Phragmites eradication Looking forward to 2021, we hope to continue the Phragmites eradication program in Tay Township, the Township of Georgian Bay, and the Township of the Archipelago. By hiring summer students, training volunteers, working with the truxors, and working with many partners and groups we are hoping to bring the eradicated stands to over 50% in 2021 . This is a huge goal, but it is achievable. Thank you to the 84 volunteers who spent 475 hours removing Phragmites, especially given that events and community cuts were not possible in 2020. 2020 showed us working together towards a common goal of Phragmites management, and that we can reach our goals no matter what stands in front of us. Phragmites knows no boundaries and it is therefore important to work together to ensure 90% eradication, as seen below. Volunteers and funding are critical to the success of this effort. Please consider donating at www.gbf.org .

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