GBF 2019 Phrag Report

2 Overview In 2019, we saw water levels reach high marks that made the drowning process that we used all summer highly effective. Water levels are expected to remain high for the next few years making this program crucial to continue while we have water highs on our side. We are seeing a reduction in the size of the stands, making them more controllable for home and cottage owners along the coast. In 2019, Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) hired 1 full time employee to manage and oversee the Phragmites australis summer program and 5 summer students to educate and help communities and their volunteers map, cut, and manage Phragmites along the eastern shoreline of Georgian Bay. Please see charts on page 3 that show the results from 2019. What are the current highlights? • 580 volunteered to cut or learn about invasive Phragmite s. • GBF and volunteers put in 3869 hours to collectively map 588 stands (sites) and cut 201 stands (sites). • 43 stands have been eradicated and are in monitoring. (This is in addition to the 36 sites that were eradicated prior to 2019.) GBF has created a 5-year plan for every single one of the 588 stands mapped. If funding and resources come through as outlined in the plan, by 2025 we will see 100% of stands under control meaning, 505 being in eradicated/monitoring mode, and 83 left that have received treatment but are not completely gone. These 83 would be so reduced, that they can be entirely managed by the community (MAP 2, page 4). By 2030, all 588 stands should be gone. It is important to note that during this time and continuing into the future, it will remain important for Georgian Bay communities to be vigilant (on guard!) for any new stands that may be found or appear as a result of human spread pathways, so that communities can remove them before they spread and grow. Please see these MAP 1 (Where we are, 2019) and MAP 2 (Where we aim to be, 2025) on page 4. What does this report do? This report highlights the results and conditions of the specific eastern regions where GBF partnered with communities and municipalities to remove invasive Phragmites . If you have any questions about this report contact Brooke at brooke.harrison@gbf.org .

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