Tay takes on invasive Phragmites

Georgian Bay Forever (GBF) is proud to support the invasive Phragmites fighting efforts of Tay Township and the wonderful Tay volunteers. The community effort was initiated by Councillor Catherine Root and managed by Bryan Anderson, Manager of Parks, Recreation & Facilities. GBF provided a letter of support to the Township for their successful application to the Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program Grant application (Government of Ontario). The grant helped the Tay Township remove invasive Phragmites from 6 of the local Park/Waterfront areas. GBF helped by training staff and volunteers in the selective cut method.

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A story from the frontline of the war on Phragmites

GBF is supporting the Honey Harbour Association's Ambassador Program by training 2 students to educate and help community members to identify and remove invasive Phragmites in Honey Harbour using the selective cut method. Leading the effort for Honey Harbour is Kathryn Davis, longtime local Phragmites leader and Honey Harbour Association Director. She and GBF are passionate about removing invasive Phragmites, a reed originally from Europe, which has no natural controls and quickly grows into very dense and tall monocultures which threaten biodiversity, wetland functioning, and recreational access to the beautiful coastal shorelines we all enjoy. To read more about invasive Phragmites, please click this link.

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Ministry of Transportation Invasive Phragmites Updates

Thank you to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for helping to control this invasive by attacking it on some important highways leading right up to Georgian Bay, and other important beautiful areas in Ontario. Highways are spread vectors of this invasive plant that connect with municipal roads that connect right to the places we all love. It is important that we all work together to stop this plant.

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Chemical Control of Invasive Phragmites and the Seedbank

GBF attended a Ontario Phragmites Working Group (OPWG) conference where we were introduced to Graham MBJ Howell, M.Sc. Candidate , at the University of Waterloo. Mr. Howell agreed to provide us this summary of the research he is conducting under the guidance of Dr. R. C. Rooney, rrooney@uwaterloo.ca . Thank you to Mr. Howell, Dr. Rooney and the University of Waterloo team for their work and helping to educate us.

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