Citizens Ready for Garden Season After Training Workshop

Saultites are ready for summer now that they have been trained to identify and report aquatic and terrestrial invasive plants at the Algoma Invasive Plant Workshop on April 22nd, 2018.

The free event hosted by the Early Detection and Rapid Response Network Ontario welcomed 32 people and focused on identifying invasive terrestrial and aquatic plants in the Algoma region. Participants had the opportunity to learn about what species are a risk to the Algoma area, what invasive plants are already here, and how to identify and report them.

Reporting an invasive species is as important as being able to identify them. Early Detection and Distribution Mapping Systems, or EDDMaps, is a tool that citizens can download on their phones or computers to report a sighting and can help prevent the spread of invasive species.

If you missed out on this workshop, what are some of the invasive garden species should you watch out for?

  • Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
  • Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Ox Eyed Daisies (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
  • Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandifulera)
  • Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
  • Water Soilder (Stratoides aloides)
  • Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)
    …and many more!