(European Common Reed) is an invasive perennial grass that is spreading rapidly throughout Ontario causing severe impacts in our communities and ecosystems.
Phragmites forms thick stands that choke out native vegetation. It is limiting shoreline access, impeding recreational activities like swimming and boating, and degrading shoreline ecosystems.
Phragmites Management Factsheet - A Landowners Guide
Alternatives to Phragmites - Ornamental Grasses Factsheet
Phragmites Management in Collingwood
One ecosystem where Phragmites is of increasing concern is the west shoreline of Collingwood. This shoreline hosts globally rare coastal marshes that are home to a diversity of species, including species at risk, and is a part of the provincially significant Silver Creek Wetland Complex.
The Dirty Dozen: Invasive Species in Collingwood
Following an initial community meeting in September 2014, NVCA and
Georgian Bay Forever developed a community action plan for the West Collingwood shoreline. The
Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation and the
Town of Collingwood joined the partnership, providing expertise and support. With funding from Environment Canada’s Lake Simcoe South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-up Fund and the RBC Bluewater Project, these organizations and community volunteers will undertake Phragmites monitoring, control and education into 2017.
In 2015 and 2016, NVCA and Georgian Bay Forever worked with community volunteers to map the extent of Phragmites along the west Collingwood shoreline, and trained them on the proper control methods.
During that period, dozens of volunteers contributed their time to removing Phragmites. The Town of Collingwood then collected the Phragmites from a number of properties and transported it to the local landfill where it was safely composted. (Don't try to compost phragmites in your backyard composter. The temperatures are not hot enough.)
Phragmites Management in Collingwood, 2016 Summary Report
Phragmites Management in Collingwood, 2015 Summary Report
If you would like more information or want to get involved in this project, please contact
Phragmites Management across the Watershed
In 2016, NVCA's watershed monitoring team developed a Phragmites & Invasive Species Action Plan for the Nottawasaga Valley Watershed.