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Control Program Updates and Plans

Notification of Aerial and Ground Herbicide Application for the Control of Invasive Phragmites within the Long Point Region

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Environment and Climate Change Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy of Canada will conduct annual management of invasive Phragmites in the Long Point Region. Phragmites plants in selected areas will be treated with a herbicide (RoundUp® Custom or Habitat Aqua) to control growth and limit spread.

Herbicide application will be completed in compliance with all regulations, and in appropriate weather conditions. Work will commence in remote areas of Long Point on Sept 1 , 2022 and will be completed prior to October 15, 2022.

Implementation plans outlining the work to be conducted are provided below. The following locations will be treated:

Long Point National Wildlife Areas – scheduled to commence on September 1st and be completed by mid-October, using aerial (helicopter) and ground application methods.

Private lands within Norfolk County – scheduled to commence on August 26, 2021 using ground application methods.

PLEASE NOTE: There is NO RESTRICTION on the USE OF WATER for RECREATION OR DOMESTIC PURPOSES (i.e. toilets, showers, etc.) associated with this project.

Project notification signage will be posted throughout the Long Point region. Updates, including the start and completion of herbicide application, will be available at www.longpointphragmites.ca, and  Environment and Climate Change Canada- Canadian Wildlife Service office at Big Creek National Wildlife Area, or by contacting the Project Supervisors below.

Project Supervisor – Herbicide Application on National Wildlife Areas: Environment and Climate Change Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service, 647-232-8495, or by email at heather.braun@ec.gc.ca

Project Supervisor – Ground Herbicide Application on private lands: Nature Conservancy of Canada, 226-231-0331, or by email at brett.norman@natureconservancy.ca

pment, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, and Ontario Parks will conduct annual management of invasive Phragmites in the Long Point Region. Phragmites plants in selected areas will be treated with an herbicide (RoundUp® Custom or Habitat Aqua) to control growth and limit spread.

Herbicide application will be completed in compliance with all regulations, and in appropriate weather conditions. Work will commence in remote areas of Long Point on August 15, 2021 and will be completed prior to October 31, 2021.

UPDATE:

Long Point and Big Creek National Wildlife Areas, private lands within the Big Creek Watershed, and Lower Big Creek Wetland Complex– CONTROL WORK AT THE LONG POINT AND BIG CREEK NATIONAL WILDLIFE AREAS AND LOWER BIG CREEK WETLAND COMPLEX IS COMPLETE. WORK IS ONGOING IN THE BIG CREEK WATERSHED. RESIDENCES USING A SURFACE WATER SYSTEM FOR CONSUMPTION MAY RESUME USE. SYSTEMS SHOULD BE FLUSHED FOR A MINIMUM OF 20 MINUTES BEFORE CONSUMING AGAIN.

PLEASE NOTE: There is NO RESTRICTION on the USE OF WATER for RECREATION OR DOMESTIC PURPOSES (i.e. toilets, showers, etc.) associated with this project. As a precautionary measure, during treatment dates, all residences using a surface water system for consumption (for example: taking water directly from the boating channel or inner Long Point Bay to drink, cook or for food preparation) should shut down their water system and avoid consumption of the water for a minimum of 48 hours following herbicide application. Systems should be flushed for at least 20 minutes before consuming again. Please note: these precautionary measures are only for private water systems drawing water from the channel or inner Long Point Bay. If you get your water from the Port Rowan Municipal Water System, no action is required.

Project notification signage will be posted throughout the Long Point region. Updates, including the start and completion of herbicide application and the resumption of using surface water systems, will be available at www.longpointphragmites.ca, at the Environment and Climate Change Canada- Canadian Wildlife Service office at Big Creek National Wildlife Area and the Long Point Provincial Park office, or by contacting the Project Supervisors below.

Project Supervisor – Herbicide Application on National Wildlife Areas: Environment and Climate Change Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service, 647-232-8495, or by email at heather.braun@ec.gc.ca

Project Supervisor – Ground Herbicide Application on private lands: Nature Conservancy of Canada, 226-231-0331, or by email at brett.norman@natureconservancy.ca

Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance

Managing Invasive Phragmites in Long Point, Big Creek and Norfolk County

What is Phragmites?

Phragmites australis is an aggressive, invasive plant that has established itself in Long Point region. With no natural controls, it expands rapidly taking over coastal and wetland environments. It is Canada’s most invasive plant.

Who is the LPPAA?

The Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance (LPPAA) is a community group made up of partnering organizations all with a common interest in eradicating the invasive Phragmites australis.

Can I help?

Yes. If you or someone you know has Phragmites australis on your land, sign up for our free control services immediately. Only together can we successfully control this invasive species.

LPPAA Phragmites Control Programs

Coastal Wetland Control

Since 2015, the LPPAA has been supporting and implementing control measures for Phragmites in the coastal wetlands of the Long Point region, including Turkey Point, Long Point and lower Big Creek. To date over 1100 ha of Phragmites has been treated as part of this effort.

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Big Creek Watershed Phased Program

In 2018 the LPPAA developed a subcommittee known as the Big Creek Watershed Subcommittee (BCWS). The BCWS is tasked with coordinating the expansion of Phragmites control services, beyond the coastal areas of the Long Point Bay, up the Big Creek Watershed.

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Norfolk County Expanded Control Services

Phragmites must be managed at a landscape scale to truly achieve success. With that in mind the LPPAA is expanding beyond the coastal wetlands and the Big Creek watershed to the rest of Norfolk County in 2021. This will allow anyone with Phragmites on their property to have control work take place free of charge.

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