Common Reed a Common Sight

Phragmites (glennlakeassociation.org)

Phragmites (glennlakeassociation.org)

     Described as “a growing environmental and economic threat to Ontario” by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Phragmites australis is widespread in southern Ontario. With large, dense stands visible within the Great Lakes’ coastal wetlands and the St. Lawrence River, the full extent of the invasive’s spread is unknown. Local research and pilot studies confirm that a commonly employed form of management—herbicides followed by cutting and prescribed burning—is the most effective. Though largely banned in Ontario, application permits for herbicides are available to landowners and farmers, and financial grants are available for local communities, conservation authorities, non-government organizations and local municipalities.