Invasive plant species

In Ontario, the Invasive Species Act aims to prevent and control the spread of invasive species. The Invasive Species Act sets out rules to prevent and control the spread of invasive species. Species regulated under the act pose a risk to Ontario's natural environment.

Key invasive plant species in Bluewater

These invasive species are particularly harmful to the environment in the Municipality of Bluewater.

You can help protect our natural vegetation and wildlife by identifying invasive species, reporting sightings, and stopping the spread.

Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program has information about invasive species in Ontario and what they look like. If you find invasive species on your property or in your community, report it:

• by calling the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711
• online using EDDMapS Ontario

You can help by:

  • inspecting your property and shoreline for any sign of invasion
  • using local firewood
  • making sure your trailers, bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, and boot bottoms are free of plant material and seed-spreading mud
  • grooming your pet to remove any seeds it might have picked up

You can make an impact by:

  • choosing native or non-invasive species for your garden
  • rooting out and disposing of invasive plants carefully to stop the spread of seeds
  • never buying, selling or cultivating regulated invasive plants

When hiking:

  • stay on designated paths in natural areas to avoid picking up seeds from the forest that shouldn't be spread elsewhere
  • clean all your gear after hiking for plants and mud that might be carrying invasive plant seeds
  • groom your pet to remove any seeds it might have picked up
  • report any invasive species you find at 1-800-563-7711

This practical and easy-to-use guide informs gardeners about the invasive tendencies of common garden plants and suggests appropriate non-invasive alternatives. In addition, it provides tips for ecologically-sound gardening and a list of related resources.

Please contact the Municipality to let us know the location and type of invasive plant species at 519-236-4851.

Please contact the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) at 519-235-2610 or the Huron County Weed Inspector at 519-524-8394 ext. 3282 for management advice and services.

Banner image photo of phragmites along Lake Huron shore courtesy of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority.

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