The Quest To Stop Invasive Phragmites
Looking for volunteer hours or to burn a few calories while getting in touch and helping nature?
Come out and join the Central Lake Ontario Conservation and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters for a couple of hours this summer to fight the invasive Phragmites plant. Four events will be hosted at two locations during the summer. All events will run from 9:00am to 11:00am, registration is required along with a mandatory dress code.
- Tuesday, July 10 - Heber Down Conservation Area, 500 Lyndbrook Rd., Whitby
- Thursday, July 12 - Courtice - corner of George Reynolds and Nash Rd.
- Tuesday, August 21 - Heber Down Conservation Area, 500 Lyndbrook Rd., Whitby
- Thursday, August 23 - Courtice - corner of George Reynolds and Nash Rd.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own refillable water bottle. At 9:00am participants will receive a short visual presentation on invasive species, a short talk on tick prevention and a demonstration on how to properly spade Phragmites to remove it. Gloves and spades will be provided. Due to the nature of these events, we ask for participants to be of high school age or older. Students are reminded to bring their community service hours tracking sheet. You could earn up to eight hours if you attend all four events.
Phragmites (Frag-mite-eez) is an invasive plant species that was introduced as a decorative grass in people’s landscaping. Now escaped and well established in Southern Ontario, this plant, also known as European Common Reed, is now taking over valleys, wetlands and meadows in the Central Lake Ontario Conservation watersheds.
The plant establishes itself in colonies of thick large mats that prevent native plants from growing and offers no suitable habitat for native wildlife, such as turtles, amphibians and birds.
Mandatory Dress Code
Participants must wear a hat, short or long-sleeved shirt, long pants and closed toed shoes, any participants not abiding by the dress code will be turned away.
For more information please contact Ms. Laura Lavigne, Natural Heritage Technician with Central Lake Ontario Conservation at (905) 579-0411, ext. 108 or email.