2021 Invasive Phragmites Management. Georgian Bay Forever Report.

33 Georgian Bay Forever Phragmites Report 2021 drown method. One was found in Port Rawson Bay near a campsite where there had been Phragmites found before. It consisted of two small patches that were easily removed. A new site was found in Lough Bay and was cut and disposed of in August. The Massasauga Provincial Park sites are included in our total Township of the Archipelago count. Collaborative Georgian Bay Islands National Park (GBINP) – Beausoleil Island Written by: Laura Baldwick, Project Coordinator (Invasive Species Management) Georgian Bay Islands National Park launched the Impede the Reed project in 2019 to tackle the invasive plant, Phragmites. This project, funded through the Parks Canada Conservation and Restoration Fund, is focused primarily on Beausoleil Island. Similar to the Georgian Bay Forever team, Park staff complete annual mapping of Phragmites populations, physical removal of Phragmites stalks and educating park visitors about the management and prevention of invasive species. In July 2021, the Park hired the Invasive Phragmites Control Centre to cut and remove Phragmites on the south-eastern side of Beausoleil Island. The amphibious cutting machines known as Truxors had their abilities tested in the dense, monoculture stands but they were able to do a great job removing some of the patches. For the remainder of the season, Park staff focused removal efforts on smaller, more manageable stands that could be controlled by hand tools and trimmers. The community may have noticed Park staff working in Little Dog Channel. The team mapped over 300 sites of Phragmites and were able to control over 90 sites using the Truxors, the cut to drown method or spading techniques. These sites ranged from large, dense one-hectare sized patches to individual stems isolated on the shoreline. There is lots of work to still happen in the coming years and the Park looks forward to the opportunity to work more with Georgian Bay Forever and the local community. Figure 34: IPCC Truxors working to cut Phragmites from Beausoleil Island (GBINP).