Let’s De-Phrag The Marsh! Project – What’s New

Phragmites Spading Events May/June 2023

We want to thank the Honorable Ministers David Piccini and Todd McCarthy for the announcement of Friends of Second Marsh receiving $35,000. The Great Lakes Local Action Fund support for Year 4 of our Let’s De-phrag the Marsh! Project is key to our multi-year plan to eradicate Invasive Phragmites from Oshawa Second Marsh, its adjacent property McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and their watersheds.  Specific to this announcement, Friends of Second Marsh will complete Invasive Phragmites management actions in McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve, an over 40 hectare and significant natural area located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in the city of Oshawa. 

Management In Action

Thank you to the General Motors of Canada employees who helped to remove some Invasive Phragmites on the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve in mid-September by participating in our spading event. We tackled a few small patches of Invasive Phragmites by hand this fall.
September 20 was a milestone for our Let’s De-Phrag the Marsh! Project. Invasive Phragmites Control Centre (IPCC) staff were on site to help treat Invasive Phragmites with government approved herbicide. This treatment was made possible by funds from General Motors of Canada Company and the Green Shovels Collaborative. For more information about IPCC and the work that they do, please visit their website at: www.phragcontrol.com.
We also want to thank all our individual donors that have contributed to this project. Your interest and support is greatly appreciated.

Thank You!

Friends of Second Marsh thanks General Motors and Green Shovels for continued management action funding in 2022!  Stable partnerships and funding are key to this ambitious and complex project.

As we enter Year 4, we will update our long-term project plan. This revision is based on lessons learned, solidified partner collaboration and funding streams.

We are excited and optimistic about Let’s De-phrag the Marsh as we look ahead. Stay tuned!