Phrag Cutting Demo This Saturday, July 22
Please join members and student Phrag busters Kristin & Conor from HH, along with Phrag Busters from CCA and GBF to learn best practices for cutting Phragmites! Drop by this Saturday morning on the main channel just before Tomahawk (exact location marked by dot on map below). Bring your family and friends. This will not be a full-fledged cut, but rather a casual opportunity for you to learn hands-on about good removal methods! If you have any questions about how to tackle Phragmites, please drop in for however long or short you would like. If you have any garden clippers, shears, or gas-powered cutters that you wish to try out on a Phrag patch, please feel free to bring them along.
We will have our new Phrag cutter there if you would like to learn how to use it. There will also be discussion on disposal options of the stalks and demo “logs” made.
Please bring your own: drinking water, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, gloves, hard-bottomed shoes that can get wet, hipwaders and/or clothes that can get wet from the waist down.
Please be aware that the Phrag patch is only accessible by walking through knee-to-waist-high water with rocky footing. The two cottages to the east of the Phrag patch have kindly offered to let participants use their dock space, and there is also a sandy area to the left of the docks where some boats may wish to beach.
The perfect time to cut Phrag near you is loosely between July 24 and Aug 11th(before it flowers). Please remember a bin for disposal will be available on Aug 12thin Charlie’s Channel. Now is a great time to start planning your local neighbourhood cuts!
The Phrag-Busters are Back
They're back! The Phrag-Busters Kristin Koetsier and Conor Sweetman are out on the Bay, and they're looking forward to meeting you.
They are currently scouring the shores of Honey Harbour looking for phragmites stands. They're armed with lots of information on this invasive species, and they want to share this knowledge with everyone possible- most importantly, how to identify phragmites and steps to properly eradicate it from your property. If you see the boat The Bay Keeper be sure to wave!
Would you like to schedule a cottage visit by one of our Student Ambassadors? If so, please contact Kathryn Davis.
You can also come and meet Kristin and Conor at our Annual General Meeting in July. We look forward to seeing you!
Read about our past Phrag-Busting Activities
COMMUNITY CUT IN CHARLIE’S CHANNEL
Sunday, August 21, 2016
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.
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!
In 2016, members of the Honey Harbour Association and others from the community joined forces in the fight against invasive phragmites, a plant that is rapidly taking over shorelines and wetlands on Georgian Bay.
We want to do even more this year, and we need your help!
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.
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
Momentum Builds as Phragmites Education Lends Positive Results
Phragmites Eradication Efforts are Underway