2019 Georgian Bay Cuts for Invasive Phragmites

2019 Georgian Bay Phragbusting Cuts. Join one of these communities (scroll for yours).   Don’t see your community? Email Brooke to create a community cut with your neighbours!Tay: Please register to volunteer and get more details from Brooke.SATURDAY AUGUST 17th- Sturgeon Bay along Robin’s Point Road, Waubaushene (Rain date- August 24th)Honey Harbour: If you are in the Honey Harbour area, please register to volunteer and get more details from Brooke.SATURDAY JULY 20th (Location: TBD) SATURDAY AUGUST 10th (Location: TBD) SATURDAY AUGUST 24th (Location: TBD)Cognashene:   12 Mile Bay:SATURDAY JULY 27th (Location TBD)Pointe au Baril: For details and to register, Marine Patrol  Your Georgian…

info@gbf.org

Help volunteer in The Massasauga Park this 2018 Summer. In order to join the cut(s), please register at this email info@gbf.org. We need to be able to contact you in case there are changes to location or dates due to weather, and to advise you what to bring. Please note which day(s) you would like to attend and your email contact.Sat. July 28, 9 am to 1 pm, Sucker Creek Sun. July 29, 9 am to 1 pm, Swimming Snake Bay Sat. August 11, 9 am to 1 pm, Moon Island and Kinnear Island (Note these are huge islands, so see inside for specific locations).Click link for more info.We thank The Massasauga Park for their participation and support, and these other partners: Friends of the Massasauga Park and cottage associations: Sans Souci, South Channel, and Woods Bay.Funding and assistance for the Georgian Bay Forever project, Phragmites Eradication for the Health of our Water and Wetlands, was provided by the Government of Ontario, Patagonia Environmental Grants Fund of Tides Foundation, Canada Summer Jobs, The Schad Foundation, Tay Township, Township of Georgian Bay, Honey Harbour and Cognashene Cottagers Associations and our many individual donors. We send our sincerest thanks to all for their investment in this initiative.  

Invasive Grass Takes Over

GBF is partnering with CurrentCast to share information that they develop with other partners about water stewardship and sustainability in the Great Lakes and surrounding watersheds. CurrentCast is a project of the Center for Transformative Action based at Cornell University. CurrentCast content is owned by ChavoBart Digital Media, Inc. The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University provides scientific content support and reviews all editorial ideas for the initiative.Invasive Grass Takes Over Pulling Phragmites in Georgian Bay… on this CurrentCast. Read More

2017 Georgian Bay Cuts for Invasive Phragmites

July 2017. With more than 8,000 km of shoreline, Georgian Bay is home to some of the Canada's most pristine coastal wetlands. Many creatures and organisms depend on these wetlands for life-sustaining activities like food and foraging, nurseries, spawning, shade, water treatment and shelter. This tenacious invasive plant, Phragmites australis subsp australis, grows quickly and densely into monocultures that threaten to reduce plant biodiversity, decrease habitat for endangered species, and damage the proper functioning of Georgian Bay's coastal wetlands. You can help fight this invasive! Volunteer for one of the cuts listed below. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More