Question 3. What are three things we need to do to support or protect the wetlands in Georgian Bay?
1. Let’s protect and restore our remaining wetlands, both small and large.
- Be cautious and take steps to moderate development that severely impacts wetlands directly or indirectly i.e. roads, golf courses, cottage lots, trailer parks.
- Organize a local shoreline clean up to remove plastics and other foreign objects that do not belong in our wetlands
Roads through or adjacent to wetlands should have mitigation structures in place to reduce traffic mortalities (frogs, snakes, etc.)
Plastics are becoming far too prevalent in our Great Lakes and coastal wetlands. Plastic does not biodegrade and over time these items erode into minute particles and enter the aquatic food chain.
2. Work with your community to stop harmful activities such as ATV use through coastal wetlands.
- Not only is this activity very destructive to the native flora and fauna, it also promotes the introduction and spread of invasive species such as Phragmites.
ATV use in Lake Huron coastal wetlands is a common occurrence.
3. Institute an invasive species community watch program.
- With aggressive invasive species, an early detection and rapid response program is of immense benefit.
- Get educated about invasive species and engage your neighbours. Seek out Best Management Practices information from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNR-F) , Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) or the Ontario Invasive Plants Council (OPIC) .
- If the invasion is too large to deal with contact your local MNR-F office , OPIC /Ontario Phragmites Working Group (OPIC) , or Georgian Bay Forever (Coastal Phragmites Georgian Bay) for assistance.
It is much easier and cost efficient to deal with aggressive invasive plants such as Phragmites before they become established.
If left alone Phragmites will eventually overtake shorelines and entire wetlands.
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Question 3. What are three things we need to do to support or protect the wetlands in Georgian Bay? Question 4. What are the top six invasive species that threaten the wetlands of the Great Lakes?