Invasive Phragmites

August 2021: Following successful pilot projects funded earlier this year, FOCA is now issuing a new call for proposals for member Associations to undertake on-the-ground Phragmites control. Get the details:

image: asterix buttonClick to download the Info/Application Form (PDF, 2 pages) which includes fillable fields to complete and return as your association’s submission.

How to apply: Funding proposals should be submitted by email to programs@foca.on.ca by September 30, 2021 with the Subject Header “2021-2022 Phragmites Project Proposal“.

To see examples of previous invasive species projects undertaken by FOCA lake associations, visit: https://foca.on.ca/aquatic-invasive-species-program/


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

Related Materials to share:

Download a 2-page brochure from FOCA about Phragmites (PDF, under 1 MB size)

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.

Recent News & Events:

Aug 25, 2021 – New fund aims to control spread of invasive common reed (BarrieToday.com)

August 2021 – Watch the video update on the important strategic Phragmites work that the Green Shovels Collaborative has underway.

August 23, 2021 – The Green Shovels Collaborative (GSC) – a team of not-for-profit organizations collaborating on some key invasive species priority projects – has been working to develop important new resources to strengthen our collective efforts to address Canada’s ‘worst’ invasive plant. We’ve released 2 new *Draft* documents through the GSC’s website which we would appreciate your feedback on. A bit more on each:

How can you help? Both documents are being released in draft form. We are very grateful to many of you who have provided your experience, data, photos and other forms of support to us as we’ve developed these resources over recent months. We want to ensure these 2 documents are as useful to Ontario’s Phragmites champions as possible, so we invite you to give them a look and let us know if you have any specific ideas on how we can improve them to support you better. All interested parties are asked to submit their thoughts via email to: info@greenshovels.ca

News & Events:

July 19, 2021 – ‘It’ll wreak havoc for wildlife’: An invasive plant is threatening Canada’s northern wetlands (CTV News)

June 29, 2021 webinar – FOCA members can watch the recording of our ‘lunch-and-learn’ webinar session with Brooke Harrison of Georgian Bay Forever discussing invasive Phragmites: its characteristics, its spread and its controls. 

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During the webinar, attendees asked how to report areas of invasive Phragmites spotted along highways. The answer is to contact the Ontario Ministry of Transportation online, or call 416-235-4686 (Toll Free 1-800-268-4686).


July 6, 2021 – The Ontario Invasive Plant Council and BASF Canada are presenting an overview about Habitat Aqua for control of invasive Phragmites over water. This free workshop will outline all you need to know to obtain and use Habitat Aqua safely, effectively, and legally. The live workshop will be held virtually on Tuesday, July 6 from 10:00 – 1:00pm EST and will be recorded for future access.

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 Collaborative 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: https://foca.on.ca/invasive-species

Michelle LewinInvasive Phragmites