Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

October 24, 2007 09:01 ET

Speaking with One Voice workshop

Provincial council proposed to address invasive terrestrial plants

Attention: Agriculture Editor, Education Editor, Environment Editor, Home/Garden Editor, News Editor BURLINGTON, ON--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2007) - Invasive plants are an increasing threat to Ontario's natural resources. Invaders such as dog-strangling vine, European buckthorn and garlic mustard smother and out-compete our native trees and plants. The potential impacts of invasive terrestrial plants are being identified from both an ecological and economic perspective, and while many organizations have recognized the danger these plants represent, thus far there has been no coordinated approach to dealing with this menace.

This past spring, several leading organizations formed an interim steering committee and drafted a framework to create a provincial council to work and speak with one voice on invasive terrestrial plants. The committee has organized a full day of presentations and information sharing at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. Approximately 200 representatives from government agencies, municipalities, environmental non-governmental organizations and others from across the province will attend.

The steering committee is comprised of representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (O.M.N.R.), Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, Royal Botanical Gardens, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Landscape Ontario, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Nature, City of Toronto and Conservation Ontario. The O.M.N.R. and O.F.A.H. are providing financial support to the workshop.

Date: Friday, October 26th, 2007
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington (www.rbg.ca/pages/visit_directions.html)

9:00 - 9:10 Welcome, housekeeping
9:10 - 9:50 Overview of Invasive Plants in Ontario - Stephen Darbyshire, Agri-food Canada
9:50 - 10:30 Climate Change and Invasives - Rowan Sage, University of Toronto
11:00 - 11:40 North American Early Detection Rapid Response System for Invasive Plants - Randy Westbrooks, US Geological Survey
11:40 - 12:00 Results of Terrestrial Invasive Plants Survey - Francine MacDonald and
Rachel Gagnon, O.F.A.H.
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch will be provided for media attending
1:00 - 2:30 Inaugural meeting of the Ontario Terrestrial Invasive Plant Council
3:00 - 3:30 Garlic Mustard and Other Invasive Species Impacts on Ecosystems
-John Klironomos, University of Guelph
3:30 - 4:00 Case Study on Invasive Species - Larry Lamb, Consultant/U of Waterloo
4:00 - 4:20 Community Action on Invasive Species - Patricia Mohr, Rouge Valley Foundation
4:20 - 4:30 Wrap-up - Stephen Murphy, University of Waterloo

Francine MacDonald, O.F.A.H. Invasive Species Program Coordinator cell: 705 761-1503
Michael Irvine, MNR Vegetation Management Specialist, Forest Health and Silviculture Section
Lezlie Goodwin, O.F.A.H. Communications Coordinator, 705 748-6324 ext 270, lezlie_goodwin@ofah.org
/For further information: Lezlie Goodwin
O.F.A.H. Communications Coordinator
705-748-6324 ext 270

Contact Information

  • Lezlie Goodwin, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324 ext. 270
    E-mail: lezlie_goodwin@ofah.org