EDRR’s own Taylor Wright recently published an article in The Chronicle Journal on the importance of continuing the discussion surrounding Emerald Ash Borer management within the City of Thunder Bay. After first detecting the invasive forest pest in June 2016, many community members have continued to support the need to adopt the City of Thunder Bay Emerald Ash Borer Management Strategic Plan prepared by city staff. To learn more about this plan and other efforts to mitigate the impact of EAB in the City of Thunder Bay check out the City’s website at www.thunderbay.ca/eab.
Invasive Species Summit for Young Professionals – 2017
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response garnered from participants, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a follow up event in January 2017! Please check here for more information as it becomes available. If you would like to participate in this event, please email the southern Ontario EDRR coordinator directly (colin at oninvasives.ca).
In June 2016 the EDRR Network coordinated its first localized invasive species eradication project in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A small patch of garlic mustard was identified during a volunteer training session and a small task force was created to prevent this species from spreading into other natural areas. The Thunder Bay District Master Gardeners and Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Club were instrumental in organizing teams to identify, map and remove the only known population of this invasive plant in the district. We look forward to monitoring the area next year to eliminate any lingering threats posed by an existing seedbank. Excellent work by all involved!
Who We Are
The Early Detection & Rapid Response (EDRR) Network Ontario project aims to train and equip volunteers with the skills and resources needed to better detect and reduce invasive species in Ontario, one community at a time.