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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Controlling Reed Problem

Port Franks | by Peter Jackson  

Community meeting planned to talk about common reed problem.

You see them in some areas of Ontario's West Coast but in the Port Franks area the common reed is becoming a problem.

Common reeds are invasive plants that can grow as high as five-metres tall and now the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority is helping co-ordinate a community effort to control them.

The first step toward that goal is a community meeting in Port Franks on August 30th co-hosted by the ABCA and the Windsor Park Association.

The reeds are becoming a problem along roadsides, in ditches, on beaches in the Port Franks area and on a small island near the mouth of the Ausable River.

ABCA Supervisor of Stewardship and Conservation Lands Kate Monk says a major part of the control problem stems from clumps of dead reeds that decompose very slowly.

Common reeds left unchecked can eventually pose a fire hazard due to the dryness of the dead stems and can choke off other vegetation.

The plants can also rob local wildlife of habitat areas.

The public meeting is set for the Port Franks Community Centre, Tuesday August 30th at 7 PM.


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