Long Point and Rondeau Phragmites Control Project – 2020 Summary
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Parks, Canadian Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (“the project team”) have recognized invasive Phragmites australis as a significant threat to biodiversity and Species at Risk at Long Point and Rondeau coastal marshes. Using currently available management tools, the Project Team has been working with several partners to eradicate invasive Phragmites from these locations.
The project team is undertaking the fifth year of an Emergency Use Registration of herbicide to treat Phragmites in aquatic environments. Approval was obtained from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, as well as permits and authorizations from Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks and Fisheries and Oceans Canada for the treatment of Phragmites in the Long Point Region and Rondeau Provincial Park. Treatment in the Long Point Region uses a combination of aerial and ground application equipment. Application was approved for August 15 to October 31st, 2020.
The implementation of this project at Rondeau and Long Point is based on the presence of significant natural values and the observed exponential growth of Phragmites in these coastal marshes-if control is not undertaken. The following implementation plans summarize work being undertaken by the Project Team on provincial and private lands, and the national wildlife areas.