A reminder of the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority Trimmer Program. GSCA has a program whereby they will support community groups to borrow Stihl hedgetrimmers to cut phragmites.
We contacted Rebecca Ferguson, GSCA Stewardship Technician over the winter, and let her know that the Oliphant Community and others, were getting prepared to cut phragmites on the shoreline this summer.
We’ve got 3 workshops and one community cut planned in Oliphant, and the amphibious cutter is coming to Oliphant, as well. The BPBA is working in many communities up and down our shoreline this summer!
It would be fantastic if we could have another event, that would train people in our communities to use the cutters.
Is there anyone in the Oliphant community planning to work on a stand of phragmites in one of our bays or around an island where the use of these gas-powered cutters would be suitable? You do not need to use them where the phrag is sparse and hand cutting is more suitable as we want to avoid cutting other native plants that exist there. However, in locations where phrag is taking over becoming dense (but not too dense!) these cutters make sense and are necessary. If you are an islander, please touch base with Leslie Wood of Mainstation Island about the topic as well, to ensure coordination of island efforts and appropriateness of your location.
FYI: You need approximately 4 volunteers, to each person operating a cutter. The GSCA, will train those who wish to learn to use the cutters so they can borrow them in the future. The cut you are planning could be a training session for many in our community that may want to borrow them in the future, and would provide some help and manpower for you, to attack that stand you want to get rid of.
If you would like to arrange a cut and involve the GSCA staff and their Phrag Trimmer program, please get in touch!
Submitted by Donna Stewart