Battling invaders on the land, in the water
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, visit www.nation.on.ca/water/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.