2021 Invasive Phragmites Management. Georgian Bay Forever Report.

38 Georgian Bay Forever Phragmites Report 2021 Conclusion 2021 marks the 9th year of Georgian Bay Forever’s efforts in invasive Phragmites management on the eastern shores of Georgian Bay. Due to our generous funders, dedicated staff and volunteers from the community, GBF has been incredibly successful and thus able to start relocating efforts into regions of Georgian Bay that were never focused much on before. Because of this, we are seeing a large increase in the number of total sites mapped this year, but what is more significant is the increase in number of sites in the monitoring or eradicated stage. In 2020, approximately 39% of stands from the Township of Tay, Township of Georgian Bay and the Township of the Archipelago were monitored/eradicated. On these same shorelines, 50% of stands are monitoring/eradicated as of 2021. With the new addition of Matchedash Bay and its 44 stands, we are at a total of 45% monitored/eradicated. v Total of 904 invasive Phragmites sites in the summer of 2021 v 198 new stands identified v 403 sites, or 45% are eradicated v 279 or 31% of sites cut by GBF staff, volunteers, Ontario Parks and PaBIA Marine Patrol v 682, or 75% of sites are under control (eradicated/monitored and cut) by GBF v ~325 volunteer hours dedicated (following COVID-19 protocols) Thank you GBF summer staff: Sean M., Jared M., David G-H., and Adam R., for all your hard work! Further thanks to all the communities that have supported Georgian Bay Forever initiatives, the volunteers that spent 325 hours removing invasive Phragmites from Georgian Bay and to our donors and funders who make it all possible. Follow the link to an interactive map of all stands on the eastern shoreline of Georgian Bay in 2021: https://arcg.is/4HaDa0 Georgian Bay Forever is a registered Canadian charity - #89531 1066 RR0001 that works with the Great Lakes Basin Conservancy in the United States. Georgian Bay Forever funds and supports scientific research and education that protects and enhances the waters of Georgian Bay, as part of the Great Lakes. Please donate today to support projects like coastal invasive Phragmites removal, and so many other important projects that protect water quality and aquatic ecosystems Donate at www.gbg.org/donate

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