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PHRAGMITES CONTROL

We need your help!

Phragmites, a European subspecies of the common reed, was imported to Canada as an ornamental grass for gardens. It unfortunately developed a habit of taking over ecosystems here, forming large dense strands of thatch that threaten Ontario's wetlands and beaches.

One of the most aggressive invasive plants, Phragmites forces out native species, consuming water and resources. It even secretes toxins into the soil that make it impossible for other plants to survive. The result - thick stands of Phragmites thatch that block other plants, destroy wildlife habitat and block access to the water.

Directors John Bell & Jennifer Spiess attended a workshop put on by Georgian Bay Forever to find out more about this invasive plant and what it means for the Key River Area. The good news is that there are very few confirmed stands of this invasive reed in our area. In the fight against phragmites, prevention is easier than removal so that is great news.

However, John & Jennifer noticed some small stands along the Key River. Over the next few weeks, they determined that except for one stand, they are thankfully NOT the invasive subspecies. They are in fact, the native, non-invasive subspecies.

A remediation plan is underway with the landowner where the one stand of the invasive species was found. As this plant can affect the whole community, volunteers may be needed to help enact this plan over the next 3-5 years. Please consider lending your support to this project. Contact John Bell (johnbell136@gmail.com) &/or Jennifer Spiess (jennifer@spiess.ca) to get involved.

 

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