Lambton Shores Wetland Enhancement Project at Lambton Centre

Phragmites is Canada’s worst invasive plant, with a long list of detrimental effects including a decrease in available natural habitat and food supply for native wildlife species. A grass roots non profit organization begun in Port Franks, The Lambton Shores Phragmites Community Group has initiated many habitat restoration and control projects throughout Lambton Shores. Over the past years, the  LSPCG’s largest wetland restoration project has focused along the Lake Huron shoreline south west of the Shashawanda Creek and the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nations lands. This wetland complex is recognized as Provincially Significant and is the only coastal wetland adjacent to Carolinian forest on the Lake Huron shoreline. The total acreage of this Lambton Shores Wetland Enhancement Project is approximately 63 ha (156 acres) and most of the Phragmites in this area is in water. After six years of hard work and dedication and the ongoing support of community and governmental partners, the LSPCG celebrated the phenomenal progress that has been made with an event held at the Lambton Centre camp, where the once inaccessible beach has again been restored for the enjoyment of campers and visitors. In attendance were representatives of several levels of government, along with corporate and community partners. The event included a presentation and tour of the successfully restored lakeshore. Work is ongoing in the remaining zones of the project, helped immensely by a recent grant from Environment and Climate Change Canada.