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Howard Watson Nature Trail Rolling Closure for Phragmites Eradication

By City Staff

The City of Sarnia will engage in a two-phase plan to eradicate phragmites, an invasive perennial grass, along the Howard Watson Nature Trail starting Monday, April 24, 2017.

Phase one of the plan will commence on Monday, April 24th, 2017 with a local contractor hired to spot cut and grind the phragmites in the area between Michigan Road and Exmouth Street.  A rolling trail closure will be set up by the contractor accordingly between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for approximately three days. This is an area with a high concentration of phragmites that has been problematic with fires in the past.  The contractor will put up signage and have a spotter on sight for protection of pedestrians who inadvertently enter the trail near the work zone.

Phase two involves spraying the affected areas with pesticide in early summer. The public will be notified of the spraying prior to work beginning. Following eradication of the phragmites, a suitable seed mix will be applied to allow native species to return to the area and limit the opportunity for invasive species to re-invade.  City Staff will consult with Lambton Wildlife Committee and the Sarnia Urban Wildlife Committee to select an appropriate seed mix for the area.

The Ministry of Natural Resources has granted permission to the City for the eradication of invasive species including phragmites on the Howard Watson Nature Trail and in Canatara Park.

This article was posted Friday, April 21, 2017 11:12 AM

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