|Central Canada SFI Implementation
|What are Invasive Species?
An invasive species may be a plant, insect,
animal, fish or other organism that is not native to Canada, and when
introduced out competes local, native species for food and other habitat
Some highly publicized examples of invasive species include emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, dutch elm disease and asian long-horned beetle.
Why is it important to know about Invasive
The key to any prevention program is awareness. By being
aware of invasive species, individuals can report sightings to the appropriate
agencies for monitoring and action as required. In addition, by
being aware individuals can take the appropriate precautions to prevent
further spread of these invasive species; such as purple loosestrife,
In July 2012, the MNRF launched the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic
Plan. This document outlines Ontario's approach to the prevention,
early detection, response and management of new and existing invasive
What should you do if you see an Invasive Species?
If you see an invasive species it is important to report it.
In Ontario, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), in
cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has initiated
an invading species hotline and on-line reporting system.
Call 1-800-563-7711 (OFAH Invading Species Hotline)
Report to OFAH on-line
Contact your local MNRF office
In Manitoba, sightings should be reported to the Invasive Species
Council of Manitoba.
How do you know what Invasive Species may be
in your area?
To find out what invasive species may be in your area , you can
consult any of the resources listed below, or contact CCSIC.
Emerald Ash Borer in Northern Ontario
Provided by the Northwestern Ontario Emerald
Ash Borer Task Force
A reminder from the Northwestern Ontario EAB Task Force: Burn your
wood where you buy it and don't move firewood from one region to another.
Not moving firewood will help stop the spread of pests, such as the Emerald
Ash Borer (EAB), from spreading further. EAB will happily hitch
a ride on your wood to move from an area already infested to Northwestern
Ontario where it has not yet been found. All it takes is one load
of infested wood!
When EAB arrives in Northwestern Ontario it will likely infest
every living ash tree in the area. Adult beetles can only fly
short distances, but the movement of firewood has allowed it to spread
across North America since it arrived in 2002. Ash trees make up
approximately 10% of the natural forests in Northwestern Ontario and approximately
25% of the urban forest. All ash trees have been lost within 5 years
in areas where the beetle has been established.
The Northwestern Ontario EAB task force is preparing for the arrival
of EAB and working on public outreach and education and the development
of a management plan. The only way to protect our natural and urban
forests is to keep the beetle out. Do your part and Don't Move
To find out more on EAB, please visit the CFIA's website.