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Fight Against Phragmites Continues In Huron County

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

Stewardship Council coordinator says resources available for anyone fighting the invasive grass.

Many Huron County landowners continue to deal with an invasive plant that chokes off native species and can change the flow of local waterways.

The Huron Stewardship Council has been helping property owners address the threat of phragmites.

Stewardship Coordinator Rachel White recently told Goderich Council that several neighbouring municipalities are proactive on the phragmites issue.

Council last September voted to support a Township of Georgian Bay resolution, calling on the province to help municipalities with eradication efforts.

White says landowners can remove small areas covered by phragmites by using the "spading" technique.

She encourages property owners to also visit on-line resources to help control the weeds.

White refers landowners to personnel with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, who have experience in dealing with phragmites.

The invasive plants are a rapidly growing problem in areas like Port Franks.

In 2016, the Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group used a $205,000 provincial grant toward purchase of specialized equipment designed to harvest the weeds.

The harvester gets rid of phragmites without harming other environmentally sensitive plants.

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