GBF 2019 Phrag Report

25 The Massasauga Provincial Park, Ontario Parks GBF led a team to develop a Phragmites management plan with the Park that began in 2017 and continued to 2019. The plan is working. 2019 was the Park’s 2 nd year of management. It kicked off on June 13 th 2019, when 3 GBF staff members travelled to The Massasauga Provincial Park to host a training session to Ontario Parks staff and Friends of The Massasauga Park volunteers. THEN the Park and its staff did all the management – FANTASTIC! Here is an extract from Ontario Parks 2019 Phragmites Report by park staff Connor Davidson and Maggie Di Gravio. In 2019, Connor and Maggie successfully mapped and manually controlled 20 sites within Ontario Parks. They cut all 20 sites. 4 sites were cut twice due to their size - one in July and one in August. They identified 2 new sites and noted over 7 are in the monitoring stage. All existing sites were reduced in size and density in 2020, it is expected many of these sites will not grow back in 2020 but it is important to continue to monitor and stay on top of any new sites that may develop. Pointe au Baril Marine Patrol GBF has helped train the Marine Patrol over the years – but then they have taken complete control over management . Here is an extract from the Pointe au Baril Islanders Association Marine Patrol Report 2019, written by Abigail Sorensen and Chris Oliver, supervised by Catherine Fairlie. This summer the Marine Patrol cut a total of 8 Phragmites patches around the area of Pointe au Baril. These locations were both from last year and some new ones. The locations of these patches were spread out around the bay which included Bonnie Isle (Sturgeon Bay), Upper Shawanga, Cradle Island, Chicken Channel, Desmasdons, Frederick Inlet, Cambria Island, and Mud Channel. In August, the Marine Patrol organized two days to go out to each of the patches to cut. They had a total of 18 volunteers come out and participate going to three patches on one weekend and three the next. The patrollers personally cut one on their own because it was very petite. The last patch was organized with the camp, taking the senior campers out and teaching them about the invasive plant and how to cut the plant. The campers really enjoyed coming out and learning, and everyone had a good time! Overall, all the Phragmites cuts were very successful. PaBIA and the Marine Patrol got to all the patches and hope to find next year they have decreased in size. The Marine Patrol already knows of two more locations around the bay and hope that everyone is constantly on the look out and report any plant they believe is Phragmite s. It is a lot better to report something and find out that it isn’t Phragmites than not report it and have it been. The Marine Patrol likes to say when reporting, better safe than sorry. The Archipelago (cont.)