PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 6, 2014) - For the sixth year in a row, staff and volunteers with the Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP), the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) and Kawartha Conservation will once again work together to rid Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsay of the highly invasive Garlic Mustard plant.
In the past five years, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) has led a group of volunteers in the removal of more than 5,000 pounds of the invasive plant from the conservation area.
Garlic Mustard was initially brought to North America from Europe in the 1800s. It has the ability to grow in a wide range of sunny and fully shaded habitats, including undisturbed forest, forest edges, riverbanks and roadsides.
"Garlic Mustard can outcompete native woodland plants like Trilliums and create dense patches that prevent any other plants from growing," explained Emily Johnston, OFAH Terrestrial Invasive Species Outreach Liaison. "It also changes the soil chemistry so that nothing else can grow in the area and it can become the dominant plant on the forest floor within just five years."
Join us Friday, May 16 at 9 a.m.
at Ken Reid Conservation Area to help combat this invasive species. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Emily Johnston if interested in participating in this event. The Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network (BEAN) funds this project.
Who: OFAH, OIPC, BEAN and Kawartha Conservation
What: Sixth annual Garlic Mustard pull
Where: Ken Reid Conservation Area at 277 Kenrei Road in Lindsay
(From Hwy. 35 - turn east onto Kenrei Park Road, travel 2.7 km. Destination will be on the left)
When: Friday, May 16 at 9 a.m. at conservation area parking lot
OFAH and the Ministry of Natural Resources partner to deliver the Invading Species Awareness Program, which engages the public in education and awareness to prevent the introduction of new invasive species, and to help stop the spread of those already here. For more information on invasive species, visit the www.invadingspecies.com or contact the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711.
With more than 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 720 member clubs, the OFAH is the province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. Visit www.ofah.org and follow Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters on Facebook and Twitter (@ofah).