From Grass Roots

In 2009, members of the Port Franks Beach Homeowners Association and the Windsor Park Association became concerned when monoculture stands of non-native invasive Phragmites australis (European Common Reed) appeared on the Port Franks beach and in surrounding waterways flowing to Lake Huron (Ausable River and Mud Creek). The Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group (LSPCG) was created as a result of this concern.


A group of dedicated volunteers, the Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group is committed to working together with other organizations and private landowners to restore wetland habitat and beaches and control invasive Phragmites. Currently, control efforts have been initiated on over 120 ha (300 acres) in Lambton Shores.

Members of Council for the Municipality of Lambton Shores and staff have supported our efforts, including our request to hire a wetland ecologist to create a Management Plan for the Municipality and have provided partial funding for our remediation projects and other initiatives.

The Management Plan can be viewed here: click here


About our Web Admin

Laura Williams is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Diploma of Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation. Laura spent her first 20 years of life as a full-time resident of Ipperwash Beach in Lambton Shores. She has held wildlife biologist positions at consulting firms in Ontario and Saskatchewan, primarily as a birder. Laura also has experience with dune restoration involving native plant species and the eradication of invasives such as Phragmites. Laura is passionate about maintaining the ecological integrity of Ipperwash and the surrounding county and has been an active member of the LSPCG for the past two years. Laura will continue working closely with the LSPCG to provide the group with website, Facebook, Twitter and ecological support.

Some of our Accomplishments

Ontario Minister of the Environment, Award of Environmental Excellence.

The Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence:

  • recognizes outstanding work in environmental protection
  • encourages others to make their own efforts to reduce their impact on Ontario’s environment
  • fosters innovation in environmental protection
  • raises awareness of the importance of protecting the environment
  • An Honourable Mention was given to the LSPCG for the restoration work done in Port Franks partnering with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority and Nature Canada Conservancy in 2014.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Conservationist Award:

  • has recognized outstanding achievements in conservation since 1984.
  • acknowledges individuals or a group per year who demonstrates positive conservation principles.
  • recipient must have undertaken conservation efforts over a number years that have shown long-term benefits for the natural environment and society.
  • This award was given to the LSPCG in 2016 as recognition for the restoration work done in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Area watershed.
  • Environment Award:
  • Awarded to an individual and/or group for contribution to the protection, preservation, beautification, awareness and/or promotion of our local environment.
  • In 2017 the Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group received the group ward, and Nancy Vidler, Chairperson, received the individual award.
  • Good Neighbour Awards: awarded to Lambton Shores residents and/or groups for their outstanding efforts and actions that have enhanced or improved our community. A maximum of three individuals and/or groups per ward may be awarded each year.
  • In 2017 Sandra Marshall was one of three recipients for the individual award for her work in the Ipperwash community.
  • September 2017 E-Newsletter Volunteer Spotlight: Giving Lake Huron a “Phighting” Chance featured Sandra Marshall

The Invasive Species Centre Awards:

  • The Leadership Award : The individual or organization who will receive The Leadership Award from the Invasive Species Centre will meet the following criteria: 
  • Champions and breaks ground, leading and thereby transforming or improving invasive species prevention and management in Canada 
  • Has created meaningful and long-lasting impact in their communities through their forward-thinking and dedication .
  • Nancy Vidler was the 2022 recipient of the Leadership Award!!!

Join Us…

Our goal of controlling this invasive species is only possible through strong support from our volunteers and sponsors. Join our team