2018 Georgian Bay Cuts for Invasive Phragmites

2018 Georgian Bay Phragbusting Cuts. Join one of these communities (scroll for yours).Help Collingwood's wetlands and shorelines Saturday August 18th. Register to cut Phragmites at at this link 3 other cuts. Lighthouse Point in Collingwood on August 14 and 15. And August 16 at Admiral’s Gate in Collingwood. Please contact vboyd@nvca.on.ca to volunteer for these cuts. Help in The Massasauga Park: 2 cuts 1 date remaining. You must register to volunteer and be in the area. Email info@gbf.org with the date(s) and sites you can volunteer at Under The Massasauga Park authorization and with Georgian Bay Forever training, volunteers can help remove Phrag from 2 sites in the Park. This could not have been done without help and assistance is from The Friends of The Massasauga Park and cottage associations Sans Souci, South Channel, and Woods Bay. Dates: Saturday August 11 - 9 am to 1 pm - 2 cut sites For a little more info, please refer to this 2 page pdf and REMEMBER TO REGISTER to this 2 page pdf link Help Tay shorelines with your neighbours: Please register to volunteer and get more details from brincat.tamara@yahoo.com.AUGUST 2ND Swan Lane, Port McNicoll 9.30 AM start (NOTE AUGUST 8th CANCELLED) AUGUST 9TH, 10TH Wycliffe Cove, Victoria Harbour 10 am start AUGUST 15TH (numbers) 11,15, 19 Bayside Ave, Victoria Harbour 9 am start AUGUST 18TH End of Robin’s Point Road, Victoria Harbour 10 am start Honey Harbour: If you are in the Honey Harbour area, register to join other volunteers to Cut on these dates: SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH , Wild Goose Island, 9:30 AM TUESDAY AUGUST 28TH South bay 10 AM To register and volunteer for these cuts, please visit this Honey Harbour Association page or email kathrdavis@gmail.com. Pointe au Baril: Sunday August 12 Sunday August 19 For details and to register, email Scott or Marine PatrolTiny: Saturday August 11 - Yarwood Public Beach. Details and contact information here Thursday August 16th - Wahnekewaning Beach. Details and contact information hereWymbolwood Beach (Tiny): Multiple Summer Phrag Cuts Wymbolwood beach are always looking for volunteers to help the fight. Please email Lynn Short if you would like to learn what you can do at Wymbolwood Beach. 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 Communications to register your group. Phragmites don't follow boundaries - and the wider a Georgian Bay effort we make this, the better.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. Read More


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.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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