Canada’s “Stop the Invasion” Campaign Continues

Phragmites australis (wikimedia.org)

Phragmites australis (wikimedia.org)

     The new Ontario-based campaign hopes to educate people on just how harmful the picturesque invasive phragmites australis is. Clogged shorelines and reduced biodiversity are just some of phragmites’ negative effects, and once the plant grows beyond a certain point it can be difficult or almost impossible to remove. “If you catch it when it is less then [sic] a square metre you can get rid of it, but after that it continues to grow and has runners that can reach as far as 90 feet—one plant can get as big as 6,000 acres, as it has in southern Ontario,” said Colin Dobell, Executive Director of “Stop the Invasion” and its parallel program “Stop the Drop.”