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HWNT Closure for Phragmites Eradication

By City Staff

Phase two of the City’s plan to eradicate phragmites along the Howard Watson Nature Trail will begin on Monday, July 31, 2017, subject to weather conditions.

Phase two requires the temporary closure of the Howard Watson Nature Trail between Michigan Road and Exmouth Street for approximately two days. This is an area with a high concentration of phragmites, an invasive perennial grass that has been problematic with fires in the past. 

Members of the public are asked to keep out of this area for their safety. Signage will be posted 24 hours in advance. A spotter will be on sight for protection of pedestrians who inadvertently enter the trail near the work zone.

Phase two involves spraying the affected areas with pesticide. 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 Environmental Advisory Committee to select an appropriate seed mix for the area.

Phase one of the plan was carried out in April, 2017 and involved spot cut and grind of phragmites on the trail between Michigan Road and Exmouth Street.

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 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 9:22 AM

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