Considered to be one of the most aggressive invasive species in the wetlands of North America, Phragmites australis now poses a threat to Lake Bernard.
Join the Phrag Fighters!
July 14 - In town location- Pharmacy and Finishing Hands -shoreline - 10 needed
July 17 - 109 HIgh Rock Drive - 10 needed
July 24 - Location near The Point Trail -two stands in water - 10 needed
July 31 - Dam area - 10 needed
Aug 7 - West End stand -10 needed
August 14 - High Rock drive Location -10 needed
If you are interested please contact Marilee in advance so that appropriate measures can be taken to ensure physical distancing - Marilee Koenderink <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Phragmites Working Group provides all the equipment required to assist in the effort - all you need is a great attitude and energy!
Phragmites now pose a threat to Lake Bernard. The purpose of this project is to organize a collaborative response with an expert plan for the removal of Phragmites from Lake Bernard. To that end, we have applied for and been awarded a $42,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Phragmites are considered to be a threat to many wetlands including Lake Bernard for many reasons
Decreased plant biodiversity
Poor habitats and food supplies for wildlife including species at risk
Lowered water levels resulting in drying of wetlands
Loss of hydrological functions such as water retention and filtering
High proportion of dead stems that slow the release of nutrients back into the ecosystem
Negative affects agriculture, lower property values, and impact recreational activities such as swimming and boating
*See Ontario.ca for more information on Phragmites
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada's leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
The Near-North Enviro-Education Centre provided support and pledged to assist with the work plan including assistance with submissions of applications for funding.The Phragmites working group developed a work plan and summarized learning from the summer test cutting events.
Looking to Get Involved?
Have you assessed your property for the presence of invasive Phragmites ?
Having difficulty deciding if it is Phragmites?
Do you require help removing it from your property?
Have you helped or would you be willing to help your neighbor remove Phragmites from their property?
If you would like more information or to be added to the Phragmites Fighters Lake Bernard email list for updates regarding education events or to volunteer, please email: email@example.com
Information and Resources
To download the full report, Recomendations for Invasive Phragmites Management on Lake Bernard, by Invasive Pragmites Control Centre, click below.
Tips for spading and cutting invasive Phragmites, from Ontario Phragmites Working Group.
Phragmites Working Group Lake Bernard, October 2019 End of Season Summary
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