The project pilot areas include two locations in northern Ontario and two in southern Ontario. The pilot areas for northern Ontario are Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay. These pilot areas were chosen because they are representative of urban centres in northern Ontario where invasive species are relatively fewer, but where on-the-ground vigilance is needed for early detection of invasive species as they begin to move into these areas.
For southern Ontario, two watersheds were chosen, including Credit Valley Conservation watershed (encompassing the Region of Peel, Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon) and Conservation Halton watershed (encompassing Halton Region, Oakville, Halton Hills, Burlington, Milton). These areas provide a mix of large urban centres with peri-urban and rural landscapes surrounding the Greater Toronto Area, where multiple invasive species have become established. These established populations of invasive species pose a threat to other, non-invaded areas, therefore they are important areas to focus on, to prevent further spread. There also already many great local control initiatives happening in these locations, which this project hopes to further support.