Phragmites — Dog Strangling Vine — Poison Ivy — problem plants 

Article by Valerie MacDonald

Above image/along the boardwalk in Presqui’le Park, phragmites obscure the view/ TAP2018

Phragmites – described as an invasive grass-like species impacting wetlands and beaches around the Great Lakes – are “taking over the environment” in Northumberland County, Deputy Warden Mandy Martin told fellow public works committee members Monday.

In her municipality of Cramahe, investigations are underway into the prevalence of this rapidly expanding invasive vegetation, along with others like dog strangling vine and poison ivy, she said.

Martin warned that pulling out the vines, especially at the wrong time of the growing cycling, only serves to spread both phragmites and dog strangling vine.

Dog Strangling Vine Ontario Woodlot Association image

According to a motion passed by the county’s public works committee, it supported the Township of The Archipelago in its actions to deal with phragmites plants which are illegal under the Invasive Species Act to “release, breed/grow sell, lease or trade.”

Northumberland County’s public works forwarded the motion to its Vegetation Management Committee which is tasked with the management of vegetation around guard rails as well as the departments of roads and transportation, and forests, staffer Denise Marshall said.

In other public works committee decisions, members recommended County Council accept the Willis Kerr Contracting bid of $808,845 to undertake rehabilitation of Dartford Bridge and that the savings from the bid go towards the Hickerson Culvert Replacement design.

It also recommended that the County extend the Environmental Officer contract position for three months at a cost of $21,000 to complete the County’s Green House Gas Emission Reduction Plan.

There were no staff or public delegations to the meeting and these decisions must go to County Council’s May 19 meeting to be finalized.

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