COMMUNITY CUT IN CHARLIE’S CHANNEL

Sunday, August 21st at 10 am - Please Join Us

Many thanks to the hardworking volunteers who made the community cuts in South Bay and Bide-a-Wee Channel so successful! We cut a ton of Phrag!

We’ve made great progress but there’s still more Phrag to go! This Sunday we will be clipping seed heads off and cutting some of the patch on the south side of Charlie’s Channel.

This is a really big stand to tackle, so we may not be able to cut all of it down, but the more people that come out to help the more progress we’ll make! We will be holding this event on Sunday rain or shine, continuing on Monday if lightning strikes!

Please bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, gloves, water shoes/boots with a tough sole, and gardening shears/clippers. 

If you’ve yet to tackle your own Phrag, please keep in mind that some stands are starting to flower and seed heads may develop soon after. If you see flowers or seed heads, please make sure to clip them off and bag them for proper disposal! (You can burn them in leaf bags or let them melt in the sun in garbage bags for a few days before throwing them out). Please also keep in mind that a fire ban is still on. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kristin or Robert.


Honey Harbour Association featured on Georgian Bay Forever's website (see below) for organizing phragmites cuts.  Members of the community have already cleared large areas of phrag.  Click on the story below to read more.


It’s Phrag-busting time!

This summer, the Honey Harbour Association invites you to join the fight against invasive phragmites, a plant that is rapidly taking over shorelines and wetlands on Georgian Bay.  

Growing in tall dense stands, this unsightly reed crowds out native vegetation and traps local animals trying to reach the shoreline!  A major threat to biodiversity (not to mention your enjoyment of the waterfront), this invasive species has got to go!  But it’s going to take a high level of community involvement in order to tackle this problem, since phragmites spreads so easily.  That’s why the Honey Harbour Association is partnering with Georgian Bay Forever to coordinate cutting efforts this summer, and we need as much help with cutting and clearing as we can get. 

dates for community cuts include:

  • Saturday August 6th in South Bay
  • Saturday August 13th in Bide-a-Wee Channel
  • Sunday, August 21st in Charlie's Channel

Please send Kristin an email at kkoetsie@uwo.ca or drop by the AGM this Saturday to give us your contact info if you wish to remain informed as details are finalized. 

Bag That Phrag!

Exciting News!  This year we are planning a "drop off" event.  At both of the above cuts you will be able to bring your bagged Phrag and put it in the dumpster (donated by A&A again this year!) 

We are able to sign for volunteer hours for high school students.

It is important to note that phragmites must be cut and disposed of properly to prevent further spread.  Please get in touch with us for directions before tackling a stand of your own.  

We look forward to working with you on this important community issue!


Phragmites Workshop April 2016

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Momentum Builds as Phragmites Education Lends Positive Results

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Phragmites Eradication Efforts are Underway

Learn more about how you can help fight this invasive species.