Bat­tling in­vaders on the land, in the wa­ter

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

South Na­tion Con­ser­va­tion (SNC) par­tic­i­pated in In­va­sive Species Aware­ness Week, which wrapped up March 2, by in­form­ing the pub­lic about 20 un­wanted plants, fish and bugs.

The in­va­sive species in the ju­ris­dic­tion in­clude ter­res­trial shrubs such as the Dog-stran­gling vine and Glossy Buck­thorn, aquatic plants such as the Yel­low Iris, species of fish in­clud­ing the Round Goby, and in­sects such as the Emer­ald Ash Borer.

In­va­sive species dis­rupt the nat­u­ral ecol­ogy of ecosys­tems and bio­di­ver­sity and com­pete with na­tive species for food and habi­tat; this can have an im­pact on forestry, fish­ing and agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries. “We’re al­ways work­ing to mon­i­tor and con­trol the pop­u­la­tion of in­va­sive species on SNC prop­er­ties,” ex­plains Pat Pi­itz, SNC’s Team Lead of Prop­erty. “In­va­sive plants, fish and in­sects can threaten our sen­si­tive and rare ecosys­tems that are na­tive to the area.”

SNC is a mem­ber of the On­tario In­vad­ing Species Aware­ness Pro­gram which is ad­min­is­tered by the On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of An­glers and Hunters; through this pro­gram, the Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity has hired sum­mer stu­dents ded­i­cated to rais­ing aware­ness of in­va­sive species through com­mu­nity out­reach ac­tiv­i­ties.

“One of the ways to pre­vent the in­tro­duc­tion or spread of in­va­sive species in new places is to be­come aware of the types that are present in the re­gion,” adds Mr. Pi­itz. “Many in­va­sive species can look very sim­i­lar to na­tive species.” For more in­for­ma­tion on the var­i­ous types of in­va­sive species and for ways to pre­vent their spread, visit­­ter/projects/in­va­sive-speci­escon­trol Res­i­dents may also con­tact SNC to re­port an in­va­sive species sight­ing in the ju­ris­dic­tion.


GROUND AT­TACK: South Na­tion Con­ser­va­tion em­ploy­ees take a hands-on ap­proach to try­ing to erad­i­cate shrubs such as the Glossy Buck­thorn. Be­low: The un­mis­tak­able dam­age caused by the Emer­ald Ash Borer, a tiny bug that has rav­aged count­less num­bers of trees across North Amer­ica.

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