Phragmites & Our Waterways
Our landscapes are constantly changing and our waterways are changing too! Join us to learn more about Phragmites – one of Canada’s worst invasive plants and how it’s affecting our waterways, lakes and wetlands.
In 2005, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada recognized Phragmites as Canada’s worst invasive plant. This aggressive grass out-competes all native plants and significantly reduces the habitat value for wildlife, including species at risk. This plant also poses a significant fire hazard during the dormant season and negatively impacts recreational activities, lake views, and property values.
Janice Gilbert will educating us on what Phragmites is, how to recognize it around our lakes and properties, how it affects boating in our area and what we can do to help combat this ever growing invasive species.
Port Dover Yacht Club Members: Free
Guest Speaker: Janice M. Gilbert, Ph.D., Wetland Ecologist
Janice Gilbert has been researching and assessing wetland ecosystems for over 19 year focused mainly in Northern/Southern Ontario, Ohio and Washington State. She earned her Ph.D and Masters in Envirnomental Science from Ohio State University. She has continued to expand her educational background with degrees from the University of Waterloo as well as Brock University. She has also earned her Forest Recreation Technician certificate from Sir Sandford Fleming College.
She turned her focus to Phragmites in 2007. Janice started investigating the invasive Phragmites, it’s impacts and appropriate control methods within the sensitive Great Lakes coastal habitats. She has been instrumental in developing and/or managing Phragmites control programs for Rondeau Provincial Park, Turkey Point Provincial Park, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Canadian Wildlife Service, Municipality of Kincardine, Municipality of Lambton Shores, Bruce Power, City of St. Thomas and the Municipality of Lambton Shores. In addition to providing control advice to many other organizations, conversation authorities, towns and municipalities.
Janice has been the lead author on over 90 invasive Phragmites related reports and presentations.