Invasive Phragmites

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at noon – FOCA members are invited to register to join us for a ‘lunch-and-learn’ webinar session with FOCA and Brooke Harrison of Georgian Bay Forever for a discussion about invasive Phragmites: its characteristics, its spread and its controls.  You must be a FOCA member to attend; please provide your FOCA affiliation on the registration form. Click here to register for the webinar.

2021 – FOCA is supporting a number of our member Associations with some funding and technical support for local-level projects that fulfill the goals of the Green Shovels Coalition. (Read more about Green Shovels, below.) Activities include management, removal, and control plans for invasive Phragmites, as well as educational and awareness programming. The supported pilot projects will further the important work from the Green Shovels Collaborative to be developed and delivered in the year(s) ahead.

NEW  – Invasive Phragmites – 2021 Best Management Practices in Ontario (download PDF, 73 pages) from the Ontario Invasive Plant Council

Learn more about invasive Phragmites from our partners at the Invasive Species Centre


April 23, 2021 – ‘Murder of the wetlands’: Invasive phragmites spreading to Lanark County (CBC)

January 2021 – Tackling the problem of invasive Phragmites (European Common Reed) – FOCA is part of the Green Shovels Coalition, a new collaborative of conservation organizations with a shared interest in protecting nature and the economy. With funding support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, part of the Green Shovels Coalition’s goal is to prepare a Strategic Framework for Phragmites Management in Ontario. This project aligns with the actions set out in the Made In Ontario Environment Plan, Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy, Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy, Ontario Invasive Species Strategy and Invasive Species Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Endangered Species Act, and other important provincial, national, and binational conservation benchmarks.

The Green Shovels Coalition includes:

  • Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Invasive Species Centre
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre

For more about FOCA’s work on invasive species visit:

Michelle LewinInvasive Phragmites