LET’S DE-PHRAG THE MARSH! PROJECT
Friends of Second Marsh (FSM) is embarking on a multi-year mission to eradicate Invasive Phragmites from the Second Marsh. Our project is called Let’s de-Phrag the Marsh! The long term goals for this project are: 1) eliminate Invasive Phragmites from the Second Marsh, nearby natural areas, and contamination sources, 2) Increase and protect the productive habitat for wildfowl, shorebirds, and other species including Species At Risk, 3) Raise Community and Stakeholder awareness of unique natural experiences and features at Second Marsh, identified by the Province of
Ontario as a Provincially Significant Wetland and together with McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve, a Life Sciences— Area of Natural and Scientific Interest.
The problem is large and difficult so it is important to collaborate with many community partners. FSM has engaged Phragmites experts that include Dr. Janice Gilbert, Ph.D., Wetland Ecologist and founder of the Invasive Phragmites Control Centre, and Samantha Tank, Program Specialist, Great Lakes Commission. Further FSM has discussed the project and past experiences with the Second Marsh Management Committee. Considering all this input, FSM has used a science-based approach to put together a plan with management actions for the Invasive Phragmites stands.
What We are Doing
This is a look at our plan for the second year of the project – Year Two Plan (pdf)
This is a look at our plan for the following years – Coming Years (pdf)