What is the Ontario Phragmites Working Group?
The Ontario Phragmites Working Group (OPWG) is composed of dedicated people with an interest in working together to facilitate effective management of invasive Phragmites in Ontario. This initiative is aimed at reducing the current threats posed by this aggressive invasive plant to biodiversity and Species at Risk (SAR) through habitat protection and restoration. Specific goals of the group focus on facilitation of education, information sharing and investigation and pursuit of effective management options. The OPWG became a committee of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) in 2013, to continue to collaborate efforts to control invasive plants in Ontario.
How can I join the OPWG?
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The OPWG and its members form a large collaboration of government and nongovernment agencies that are engaged in Phragmites management, control, research and education. The organizations that are represented within the OPWG include:
- Ausable Bay Conservation Authority
- Canadian Wildlife Service
- City of Hamilton
- Central Lake Ontario Conservation
- Deleware Nation of Moraviantown
- Ducks Unlimited
- Georgian Bay Forever
- Grand Bend Horticultural Society
- Great Lakes Our Water
- Kettle and Stoney Point First Nations
- Lambton Shores Communities in Bloom
- Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group
- Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance
- Long Point Waterfowl
- Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation
- Municipality of Chatham-Kent
- Municipality of Kincardine
- Ontario Good Roads Association
- Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
- Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
- Parks Canada
- Port Franks Beach Homeowners Association
- St. Clair Region Conservation
- Township of Huron-Kinloss
- The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
- The Nature Conservancy of Canada
- Windsor Park Beach Homeowners Association
- BASF Canada Inc.
- Dover Agri-Serve