Join the Invasive Species Centre for an invasive pest information night on March 10th from 5-8 p.m. The night will include presentations on key invasive species of concern, as well as an opportunity for networking amongst environmental organizations and the public.
This free event open to the public, but is targeted at members of agriculture, municipal staff, foresters, conservation authorities, arborists, land managers, grape growers, and any members of the public interested in stopping the spread of invasive species in the Niagara region.
The species of focus for this event are hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), oak wilt and spotted lanternfly. HWA was recently detected in Wainfleet, ON, while oak wilt and SLF have not been detected in Canada.
Why agriculture and grape growers?
Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that targets over 70 species of plants and agricultural crops, including its preferred host, grape vines. While not established in Canada, this pest has been intercepted just across the boarder in Pennsylvania. If SLF were to arrive in Canada, Ontario’s $4.4 billion wine industry and $4.2 billion fruit and vegetable crops would both be at risk.
Space is limited so registration is required to secure your seat.
This event will be held in the Barrel Cellar room at The Hare Wine Co.
Refreshments will be available throughout the event, as well as wine for purchase.
To register for this event, click here.