Many cottagers have hired students, under the direction of Lynn Short, over the last few summers to identify and remove the invasive Phragmites plant from their beaches. With the high water levels this year, there are a lot of debris and Phragmites rhizomes on the beach that need to be removed. Students could help with this work.
If you could assist in any of these situations ----
- 1. interested in hiring students to remove Phragmites from your beachfront property, let Lynn know.
2. as a student interested in working on the beach during July and August from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, any day of the week. No long term commitment is necessary.
3. as an adult interested in supervising students while working on the beach during the hours listed above. No long term commitment is necessary and training will be provided.
Lynn reminds us -
I have been working with residents and students over the past 10 years at Wymbolwood Beach removing Phragmites using a spading technique that selectively removes the Phragmites stalks while trying to disturb the soil as little as possible to allow the native plant species to continue to grow. This method has shown to be successful in controlling the plant after several years of persistent removal.
Be sure also to read my Environmental Report in the WBA Current Affairs Forum.
Professor in Horticulture at Humber College
Wymbolwood Beach cottage resident, 696 TBRS