New fund aims to control spread of invasive common reed
A new invasive species program is launched to control the aggressive Phragmites australis (common reed) here in Ontario.
The Green Shovels Collaborative, which aims to prevent and manage invasive species and includes the Invasive Species Center, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Ontario Federation of Cottage Owners Associations, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Fishermen’s Federation and Hunters of Ontario and the Ontario Turtle Conservation Center, the fund announced in a press release released this evening.
Phragmites australis is a perennial European grass considered one of Canada’s worst invasive species, according to the Green Shovels Collaborative. It spreads by fragments of seeds and roots which can be carried by wind, waves, vehicles and people. It can cause ecological dead zones and damage to species at risk.
Phragmites stands can even dry out and become a significant fire hazard for communities in Ontario.
The recently announced Invasive Phragmites Fund has $ 55,000 to distribute to Ontario Phrag Fighters, which could support six to 10 community projects across the province.