Canada targets invasive plant along Georgian Bay Islands National Park shoreline

From: Parks Canada

May 23, 2019 Midland, Ontario Parks Canada Agency

Canada is maintaining and restoring the ecological integrity of its national parks, while providing Canadians with opportunities to discover and enjoy them. By doubling the amount of nature protected in Canada’s lands and oceans, the Government of Canada can support the health of its ecosystems, its communities, and Canadians across the country.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced support to tackle invasive phragmites and improve the water quality within and surrounding Georgian Bay Islands National Park.

Over the next four years, the “Impede the Reed” conservation program will target the removal of invasive phragmites by developing long-term monitoring systems and prevent the plant from re-establishing itself. Reaching up to five metres tall, phragmites is an aggressive plant that grows in dense swaths along shorelines, in wetlands, and in ditches. The roots release toxins into the soil to inhibit the growth of other plants, which allows it to out-compete native species. Because of the height and density of phragmites, it acts as a barrier against native wildlife seeking shelter and food.

Canada’s nature plays an important role in mitigating the impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk.

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“Canada’s national parks play a critical role in shaping our national identity, protecting nature and wildlife, and fighting climate change. The funding announced today is a great example of the work we are doing to protect and restore our natural heritage places, while engaging Canadians to become involved and help protect our nature.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,

Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Just a 90-minute drive north of Toronto, Georgian Bay Islands National Park offers a unique island experience for visitors to camp out near Georgian Bay, watch wildlife, hike trails to scenic coves, and learn about Indigenous culture dating from 7,000 years ago to present day.

  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park was established in 1929 at the southern end of the famous 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay, the world’s largest freshwater island chain.

  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park is an incredible destination that is accessible by boat, including the park’s visitor shuttle “DayTripper” which takes visitors from Honey Harbour to Beausoleil Island.

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