Volunteers needed to help remove invasive phragmites from Penetanguishene waterfront

The Town of Penetanguishene is putting a call out for volunteers to help clear an invasive plant from the waterfront edge.

This Saturday, the town will be holding a community clean-up at Rotary Park to start clearing the waterfront of phragmites. Invasive phragmites are an aggressive plant that spreads quickly and out-competes native species for water and nutrients, decreasing both plant and animal biodiversity where it grows.

Volunteers will be needed to tackle the plant in two shifts: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All supplies for removing phragmites will be provided, but volunteers are urged to wear long sleeves and pants for protection against ticks, as well as rubber boots. Representatives from the Severn Sound Environmental Association will be on-site throughout the day to provide guidance and instructions on how to best remove the invasive plant.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Councillor Jill St. Armant at (705) 529-3652.

Feature image: Joshua Mayer via Flickr