Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

May 10, 2011 07:53 ET

Media Advisory: OIPC to Host Landowner Workshops on Invasive Plants

Experts Offer Strategies to Keeping Invasive Species at Bay

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) -

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In June, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) is giving landowners in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County the opportunity to learn from the experts about the impacts of invasive plants, trees and shrubs on the biodiversity of their property.

The OIPC, in conjunction with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH)/Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP), Victoria Stewardship Council, Northumberland Stewardship Council, and the City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee is hosting 2 full day workshops. These events will take place at the Ganaraska Forest Centre on June 4, and the City of Kawartha Lakes City Hall, Victoria Room on June 12. Topics include the identification of invasive species, their impacts to biodiversity, and how to develop control and management plans. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and photos for advice on specific issues.

The cost for the workshop is $10 per person and includes speakers, course materials, lunch, and a short walking tour. Registration closes May 31, however if space is still available, participants may register for the workshop (no lunch will be provided) at the door.

The OIPC is a non-profit, multi-agency organization coordinating a provincial response to the growing threat of invasive plants. www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca.

The OFAH and the MNR partner to deliver the ISAP, the largest program of its kind in Canada, which uses public education and awareness to prevent the introduction of new invasive species, and to stop the spread of those already here. www.invadingspecies.com.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters and 670 member clubs, the OFAH is the leading fish and wildlife conservation organization in Ontario. To learn more, visit www.ofah.org.

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