2021 Invasive Phragmites Management. Georgian Bay Forever Report.

35 Georgian Bay Forever Phragmites Report 2021 incorporate the plan into BFN Education Department’s co-op program. This summer, GBF’s project coordinator visited Christian Island twice to identify some stands, get to know the area and meet with members of the Education Department. Figure 36: Largest site of invasive Phragmites found on Christian Island, 2021 in close proximity to Jerry’s Lake. Federation of Ontario Cottager’s Association (FOCA) Through funding provided from Green Shovels to FOCA, 2 cottage associations reached out to GBF to learn about invasive Phragmites management. GBF’s Project Coordinator visited Parry Island and Bass Lake to educate members on identification, removal, disposal, and management techniques. Educational material was also provided to the associations to share with cottagers in their area. GBF did not investigate Parry Island during this visit, but one large stand was found on Rose Point Rd in close proximity to the bridge onto Parry Island. The cottage association collaborates with the Wasauksing First Nation to spread awareness and get approval for removal. In addition, one of GBF’s education outreach coordinators (summer Phragbuster) is a cottager on the island and did some investigation to identify Phragmites. GBF’s staff identified one stand on Wawbawzee Rd. Parry Island will continue to be monitored and these sites will be checked again next year. GBF investigated the entire shoreline of Bass Lake and did not spot any invasive Phragmites aside from one site growing up from the shoreline on private property in a pond that flows out to the lake. We left a brochure with some educational material and contact information. There is further growth in roadside ditches part of the Bass Lake watershed, including the 14th Line boat launch, posing a potential risk for future establishment in the lake.