There will be a major effort to get phragmites under control in a couple of areas on Manitoulin Island this summer.
Judith Jones, the coordinator for the Manitoulin Phragmites Project, recently shared her knowledge on what’s been called Canada’s most invasive plant in a series of two webinars highlighting the work that will be carried out this year.
She says phragmites is a very tall, robust grass with wide leaves and hard, stout stems, almost like bamboo that can grow to over 15 feet tall and take over natural vegetation.
Jones says this year, the cleanup crew will focus on Lake Wolsey, Julia Bay and Roszel Bay.
She adds they are also in the process of surveying phragmites along the North Channel from Sheguiandah to Cook’s Dock.