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'The term Common Reed used here refers to the invasive plant. Scientists are beginning to use the term European Reed, to distinguish it from the native Phragmites. For the purposes of information on this site, Common Reed = European Reed, unless otherwise noted.'

Reports, guides and plans

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Landowner Guide for Protecting Lambton’s Shores

Caring for Our Coast is a lakeshore landowner guide for residents of Lambton County. It provides stewardship information and tips for protecting the high quality of the beaches and dunes in the Grand Bend-Pinery-Ipperwash area.

Alexander, K. and G. H. Peach, 2014. “Caring for our Coast - An Introduction to wise stewardship practices for the private landowner - IPPERWASH to GRAND BEND.” Prepared by the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk.

Phragmites and Coastal Environments - final report 2012 - icon
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Phragmites and Coastal Environments - final report 2012

The invasive European Reed (aka Common Reed) has been taking over Lake Huron beaches. Over a six-month intensive investigation, we map the occurrence of this plant species along the shores of Lake Huron and set priorities for control efforts in an effort to 'take back our beaches'.

Alexander, K., 2012. Phragmites australis in Coastal Environments, prepared by the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, 57pp + Appendix

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Department of the Environment. / Ce projet a ete realise avec l’appui financier du Gouvernement du Canada agissant par l’entremise du ministere federal de l’Environnement.

Kincardine Coastal Stewardship Plan
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Kincardine Coastal Stewardship Plan

Kincardine's coast is made up of three main coastal types, each of which are globally rare. From Dune Grasslands to Cobble Beaches to Coastal Meadow Marshes, these special ecosystems give Kincardine's coast a unique character. As demands on the coast increase, protecting the health of these ecosystems will become more challenging.

To help the community meet some of those challenges, the Coastal Centre developed this Coastal Stewardship Plan to help ensure that the resiliency and health of area beaches are not compromised by human activity. It seeks to balance people's need to enjoy the coast, with the need for coastal ecosystems to function without the undue interference from unwise or excessive activities.

Peach, G., 2011. Kincardine Coastal Stewardship Plan, prepared by the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. 89pp. + Appendices

Funding for this plan was made possible through funding from the federal Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, Municipality of Kincardine, Lake Huron Southeast Shore Working Group and Nuclear Waste Management Organization. This project was done in partnership with Bruce Resource Stewardship Network, and the Municipality of Kincardine.

LHCCC Dune Planting Guide 2010
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PDF file iconLHCCC Dune Planting Guide 2010

The Centre has produced this guide for native planting and naturalization in dune grassland areas of Lake Huron's coast. We partnered with the University of Guelph's School of Landscape Architecture to develop a resource that helps people and municipalities plan and implement lakeshore naturalization and restoration. It suggests what plants to use, and what to avoid. Contact the Centre for more information on dune conservation. (57 pages)

Occurrence Report: Plastic Pellets Washing up on Lake Huron Beaches (Oct.2010)
PDF file icon Occurrence Report: Plastic Pellets Washing up on Lake Huron Beaches (Oct.2010)

Millions of tiny plastic white pellets washed up on beaches between Forest and north of Kincardine north during the fall of 2010. Similar occurrences were recorded in the Kincardine area in 2007 and 2009.

Oliphant Coastal Stewardship Plan
PDF file iconOliphant Coastal Stewardship Plan

The irregular, rocky coastline at Oliphant has several embayments where sandy dune ridges and coastal meadow marshes (also known as coastal fens) have developed.The gentle sloping shorelands make the shoreline particularly sensitive to water level fluctuations. During periods of low lake levels, large expanses of lakebed are exposed. The driving of motorized vehicles on these shorelands has occurred, in some instances for access to nearby islands, access to the beach for recreation, or simply for joy riding. In the process, this has lead to significant damage to the plant and animal habitat that occurs here. A number of rare species and several Species at Risk make Oliphant?s coast their home. These plants and animals, and their habitats are affected. The disturbances caused by these impacts pose another threat: vulnerability to infestation from non-native, invasive species.

Common Reed (Phragmites australis) is a European species currently invading Oliphant?s coast, and it has the capacity to alter the ecology of the coastline.

PDF file iconField Guide for the Control of Common Reed (Phragmites australis) on Lake Huron Beaches

The establishment of Common Reed along the Lake Huron coastline is extensive. Small stands, and often extensive patches of Common Reed have been observed in a variety of coastal habitats. Although Common Reed thrives in coastal meadow marshes, it has also established along open sandy beaches, and in sand dune habitat where it can access the water table. Common Reed can displace rare species in good quality dune habitat. This can lead to the alteration of dune ecosystems, which could ultimately lead to beach and dune degradation. (16 pages - revised 2008)

PDF file iconOccurrence of Common Reed (Phragmites australis) on Lake Huron shorelines: Field Report and Recommendations

The purpose of the fieldwork described in this report was to determine the extent and severity of Phragmites australis establishment along the Lake Huron shoreline from Point Clark to roughly Southampton. Where possible, the coastline between Southampton and Sauble Beach was also surveyed. With locations known, a secondary purpose was to suggest additional areas for control, especially where Phragmites was replacing existing open sand dune or sand beach habitat of good quality. Completed by Holly Bickerton for The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation - November 2007 (40 pages)

Invasive Reeds in Lake Huron: The Water Chronicles - Special Feature - 11/20/2007

Listen to the Coastal Centres' Geoff Peach talk about the Common Reed, an invasive European reed that is threatening a number of native plant species, some rare, and some endangered. Courtesy - November 2007. (~6 mins)

PDF file icon Beach Stewardship Guide For the Township of Huron-Kinloss

This guide is intended for the Municipality of Huron-Kinloss and its coastal residents, providing practical stewardship guidance for protecting beaches and dunes. It includes advice on working collectively to protect the beach ecosystem, nearshore water quality, invasive species control and general beach management. Prepared in 2007 (82 pages)

PDF file icon Stewardship Guide for the Lake Huron Coastline

This is a guide intended for individuals to perform a self-guided environmental evaluation of their cottage property. The Coastal Centre collaborated with several organizations, including the University of Guelph, to produce this resource in 2006. (182 pages)


PDF file icon Conserving a Delicate Balance: Management Plan for North Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada

This management plan follows a similar plan undertaken for the south Sauble Beach (Main St. to Sixth St.) in 2004. Both plans were commissioned by the Friends of Sauble Beach, a local non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the environmental health of the beach and dune system at Sauble Beach. This plan was prepared by Geoff Peach, Coastal Resources Manager with the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. It focuses on the area from Sixth St., north to the Sauble River. Components of this plan were completed by experts contracted by the Coastal Centre. Dr. Jane Bowles provided a vegetation inventory and assessment. Mr. Larry Porter, OALA, assisted with the determination of access points which he identified on a map of the project area. He also provided cost estimates for the implementation of the access trails. (85 pages)

Sauble Beach Management Plan, Conserving a Finite Resource

PDF file icon Sauble Beach Management Plan, Conserving a Finite Resource

This plan, prepared for Friends of Sauble Beach in 2004, provides recommendations and implementation guidelines for beach and dune conservation in the southern 3 kilometre portion of the community's beach. (68 pages)



PDF file icon Beach and Dune Guidance Manual for Saugeen Shores (2003)

The bulk of the sand that makes up the beaches and dunes in Saugeen Shores is relic material. That means it was deposited by waves and winds in historical times. Coastal processes research has identified that the Saugeen River does not contribute substantial amounts of sand to the coastal system. It has also concluded that there is no sediment contribution from the north or the south into Saugeen Shores (Reinders, 1986). These relic sands have been held in place by the unique configuration of the shoreline. The headland and bay shorelines that make up the beaches at Port Elgin, Gobles Grove, Miramichi and Eidt's Grove, and the beaches and dunes influenced by Chantry Island in Southampton, are irreplaceable, non-renewable resources. (38 pages)


PDF file icon Beach & Dune Guidance Manual for Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island

This guidance manual is intended to assist beach-dune conservation efforts at Providence Bay in the Township of Central Manitoulin. It is intended to provide the user with basic information for understanding the physical nature of the waterfront, its sensitivities and how to avoid negative impacts to the system. (45 pages)


PDF file icon Beach and Dune Stewardship Guide for Port Franks

Port Franks is part of the Pinery Port Franks-Ipperwash dune complex which represents Ontario's largest and most diverse dune ecosystem. Beach and dune grasslands are relatively rare coastal landforms along the Great Lakes. Dune grasslands make up only 1.5 percent of Canada's Great Lakes shoreline. On Lake Huron, dune grasslands comprise about 3 percent of its 6,000 kilometre shoreline. Residents of Port Franks are fortunate to be situated where the shoreline consists entirely of beach and dune grasslands. ... This guide is an important education tool to assist residents, municipality, agencies and organizations working in the Port Franks area, to take a science based approach to beach and dune management and conservation. (110 pages)

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