Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Province Working With Partners to Create Awareness of Invasive Species and Protect the Environment
August 16, 2017
Ontario continues to combat invasive plants and animals in order to protect the environment and allow people across the province to continue to enjoy rivers, lakes, parks and other green spaces.
Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, were in Peterborough today to announce a number of new investments in programs to combat invasive species.
New investments this year include:
- Support for the Invasive Species Centre’s work to further research into new biological control agents for phragmites and dog-strangling vine
- Additional support for the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Invading Species Awareness Program – which is marking its 25th anniversary – to strengthen the reporting invading species hotline, online tracking system and mobile application, management and eradication of water soldier in the Trent-Severn Waterway as well as public outreach initiatives
- New funding for the Ontario Invasive Plant Council so they can engage municipalities in the development of municipal invasive plant management strategies
- Support for the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations and their work with lake front property owners to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, including A Shoreline Owner’s Guide to Invasive Species
- Ontario will continue to support the successful implementation of the Invasive Species Act and regulation through public education and working with neighbouring jurisdictions.
Creating awareness of invasive species and protecting our environment is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
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