2021 Invasive Phragmites Management. Georgian Bay Forever Report.

34 Georgian Bay Forever Phragmites Report 2021 Figure 35: Aerial photo of Beausoleil Island shorelines infested with invasive Phragmites. Photo credits: The Water Brothers - thewaterbrothers.ca. Georgian Bay Land Trust (GBLT) GBF joined the GBLT this summer on Giant’s Tomb Island in Georgian Bay to check on an inland site that has been cut in previous years. In the past this site was very large, so we investigated the location thoroughly and we saw very little regrowth only having to remove a few stalks. One of GBF’s Phragbusters also assisted the GBLT at a site in King Bay utilizing our Stihl gas powered cutters. GBLT also participated in GBF’s and the Township of The Archipelago webinar for municipalities and First Nations on improving road management of invasive Phragmites. Beausoleil First Nation (BFN) In 2020, GBF conducted a presentation to BFN about invasive Phragmites identification and management. This year GBF had the opportunity to join a Climate Change Committee meeting hosted by BFN to further discuss invasive Phragmites on Christian Island. With support from BFN and funding from the Green Shovels Collaborative, GBF will be working, over the winter 2021/2022, closely with BFN to develop a management plan for invasive Phragmites removal on Christian Island. The plan, which will be implemented in 2022, will involve mapping to understand the issue, obtain the proper equipment for removal activities, conduct training workshops, recruit volunteers, educate the community and