GBF 2019 Phrag Report

21 The Archipelago (65 stands) can be viewed as the ‘emerging’ front of the spread of this invasive plant in comparison to the Georgian Bay Township (359 stands). The Archipelago benefits from all the control work of GBF stakeholders and partners in 2 general ways. 1. Mitigating more spread before it gets to The Archipelago. In addition to work in The Archipelago, investments over the last 7 years in GBF control programs south of The Archipelago safeguard and augment the investments in The Archipelago. The plant does not respect borders. GBF continues to work with key stakeholder organizations (communities, community organizations, municipalities, broader organizations, and levels of the provincial government) to identify, educate, and resource the tackling of Phragmites stands. 2. Facilitating and coordinating Phragbusting activities with community leaders and volunteers in The Archipelago. GBF has worked with 6 community associations in The Archipelago as well as the Georgian Bay Association on ongoing Phragmites eradication, and that continued this year. GBF does face-to face training and provides handouts on the Phragmites cut method that identify The Archipelago as a clear stakeholder. The Archipelago coasts: • Sites - there are 65 identified invasive Phragmites sites on the coasts. Good news when you compare it to a much smaller community like Honey Harbour that has 180 sites. However, the territory to cover is immense and it is imperative to ensure these are treated/controlled so the problem remains small • Under treatment – 43 are under treatment, and the 5 untreated and should get cut next year • Not present anymore – 17 are not present anymore. They still will require monitoring for 2-3 years - a visual “drive-by” Community Phragbusting . The Township of The Archipelago supports GBF oversight in contacting and encouraging community leaders, offering training and education materials as required, and coordinating results. In 2020, all 65 sites should be checked, and the remaining 48 receive another cut. Most of these sites have received one or more cuts, and are therefore at a level that should be managed by stakeholder community leaders and their volunteers. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (monitoring and control of highways leading to the coasts of The Archipelago ). Highways are a spread vector to Georgian Bay coasts and require a comprehensive and consistent management strategy. GBF began learning about the complex and varied Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) response to Phragmites in 2016 through its membership in the Ontario Phragmites Working Group and inviting the 2 regional operational managers to GBF Phragmites control workshops. Most recently, over the last 16 months, we have worked with support from the Township of The Archipelago to identify gaps in MTO control and treatment to achieve more action from MTO. This work continues. See more on MTO progress on page 28. The Archipelago (cont.)