Students Help Communities Restore Coastal Wetlands and Shorelines By Removing Invasive Phragmites

Phragbuster students

Read on to meet 4 students and the new Phragmites Coordinator who are helping to protect shorelines and coastal wetlands from the invasive plant Phragmites. If Phragmites are left to grow with no management action, small stands quickly grow into 'walls' up to 15 ft high and up to densities of 200 stems per metre, threatening plant diversity and habitat for many species including those at risk. And, it can quickly impede your enjoyment of the shoreline by making it difficult to access the water or enjoy the biodiversity of a natural wetland.

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2019 Georgian Bay Cuts for Invasive Phragmites

2019 Georgian Bay Phragbusting Cuts. Join one of these communities (scroll for yours).

 

Don’t see your community? Email Brooke to create a community cut with your neighbours!

Tay:

Please register to volunteer and get more details from Brooke.

  • FRIDAY JULY 6th- Dock Lane and Swan Lane, Port McNicoll, 9am
  • WEDNESDAY JULY 24TH AND THURSDAY JULY 25TH- Twin Bridge Marina, Waubaushene, 9am
  • TUESDAY JULY 30th- Old Cottage Lane where it crosses the Tay Trail, Waubaushene, 9am
  • SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AUGUST 3RD AND 4TH- Private Park on Delta Drive, Waubaushene, 9am
  • THURSDAY AUGUST 9TH- Georgian Landing, Victoria Harbour, 9am
  • SATURDAY AUGUST 17th- Sturgeon Bay along Robin’s Point Road, Waubaushene (Rain date- August 24th), 9am
  • SUNDAY AND MONDAY, AUGUST 18TH AND 19TH- Potato Island, 9am
Honey Harbour:

If you are in the Honey Harbour area, please register to volunteer and get more details from Brooke.

  • SATURDAY AUGUST 10th- Wild Goose Island, 9am
  • SUNDAY AUGUST 11th- Quarry Island, 9am
  • SATURDAY AUGUST 24th- South Bay, 9am
Cognashene:
  • SATURDAY JULY 13th- Palisade Bay, 9am
  • SATURDAY AUGUST 17TH- Longuissa Bay, 9am
12 Mile Bay:
  • SATURDAY JULY 27th- Little Wahnie Harbour, 9am
Wasaga Beach:
  • SATURDAY AUGUST 17TH- Blue Water Community, 9am

 

 

Pointe au Baril:
For details and to register, Marine Patrol

 Your Georgian Bay Community Group.

* Note: not all communities have registered their cuts. To search by first letter of your community and find your local leader, please go to this link.

If your community cut isn’t listed above, email Brooke to register your group. Phragmites don’t follow boundaries – and the wider a Georgian Bay effort we make this, the better.

THANK YOU 2019 Phragmites Funders

Funding and assistance for the 2019 Georgian Bay Forever project, Phragmites Eradication for the Health of our Water and Wetlands, was provided by the Government of Canada summer jobs program, Township of Georgian Bay, Tay Township, Township of the Archipelago, BinCity.ca, the Honey Harbour Association, the Cognashene Cottagers Association, Wah Wah Taysee Association,  Twelve Mile Bay Members Association, and our many individual donors.

GBF sends our sincerest thanks to all for their investment in this initiative.

Georgian Bay Forever would like to thank the 2019 partners for helping  Phragmites Eradication for the Health of our Water and Wetlands. The Ontario Phragmites Working Group, Severn Sound Environmental Association, Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, the Sans Souci and Copperhead Association, the Massasauga Provincial Park (*), Friends of Massasauga Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park (*), the Georgian Bay Association, South Channel Association, West Carling Association, Bayfield-Nares Islanders Association, the Manitou Association, the Woods Bay Association and the Point au Baril Islanders Association.

Info on invasive Phragmites

With more than 8,000 km of shoreline, Georgian Bay is home to some of the Canada’s most pristine coastal wetlands. Many creatures and organisms depend on these wetlands for life-sustaining activities like food and foraging, nurseries, spawning, shade, water treatment and shelter. This tenacious invasive plant, Phragmites australis subsp australis, grows quickly and densely into monocultures that threaten to reduce plant biodiversity, decrease habitat for endangered species, and damage the proper functioning of Georgian Bay’s coastal wetlands. You can help fight this invasive! Volunteer for one of the cuts listed.

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info@gbf.org

Help volunteer in The Massasauga Park this 2018 Summer.

In order to join the cut(s), please register at this email info@gbf.org.

We need to be able to contact you in case there are changes to location or dates due to weather, and to advise you what to bring.
Please note which day(s) you would like to attend and your email contact.

  • Sat. July 28, 9 am to 1 pm, Sucker Creek
  • Sun. July 29, 9 am to 1 pm, Swimming Snake Bay
  • Sat. August 11, 9 am to 1 pm, Moon Island and Kinnear Island
  • (Note these are huge islands, so see inside for specific locations).

    Click link for more info.

    Phragmites picture We thank The Massasauga Park for their participation and support, and these other partners: Friends of the Massasauga Park and cottage associations: Sans Souci, South Channel, and Woods Bay.

    Funding and assistance for the Georgian Bay Forever project, Phragmites Eradication for the Health of our Water and Wetlands, was provided by the Government of Ontario, Patagonia Environmental Grants Fund of Tides Foundation, Canada Summer Jobs, The Schad Foundation, Tay Township, Township of Georgian Bay, Honey Harbour and Cognashene Cottagers Associations and our many individual donors. We send our sincerest thanks to all for their investment in this initiative.  

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