Invasive species alert! Water chestnut 101

Today’s post is from Amanda Reed, a digital media organizer in our main office.

Did you know European Water Chestnut is an invasive species?

This destructive plant gained a foothold at Voyageur Provincial Park, and without the ongoing efforts of park staff, it would take over beaches and destroy our wetland. Continue reading Invasive species alert! Water chestnut 101

Mark S. Burnham buckthorn blitz

Today’s post was compiled by Zone Ecologist Corina Brdar, Project Ecologist Christine Terwissen and other members of Team Invasive Alien.

If you’ve visited Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park lately you might have noticed many freshly cut small stumps. This is the result of a recent blitz to remove an alien invasive species — European buckthorn — from the park.

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5 small ways we protect what’s precious

Here at Ontario Parks, preserving the province’s ecological integrity is always on our minds.

You’ve heard about our bigger projects, like:

But did you know ecological integrity is part of our everyday jobs?

Check out these five “mini” ecological integrity tasks:

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Our 2016 parks pass is more than just a pretty flower

summer passNoticed the dainty purple flower adorning the 2016 summer pass for Ontario Parks?

It may surprise you to learn that when Ontario Parks staff discovers that flower in a park, they often rip it out by the roots.

That’s because spotted knapweed is…

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Don’t deck the Scots pine for Christmas

If you’ve visited Presqu’ile Provincial Park lately, you’ve probably spotted staff and volunteers cutting down happy pine trees (during the Christmas season!) and feeding them (*GASP*) into the woodchipper.

You might even have pulled over to ask, in a little Cindy-Lou Who voice: Why are you taking our Christmas tree? Why?

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Invasive species on the run thanks to corporate sponsors like Swish, MEC

As the caretaker of some of the most beautiful, unspoiled, yet in some cases threatened, natural wonders in Canada, Ontario Parks has taken an innovative approach towards achieving greater environmental sustainability and enhancing visitor experiences.

By partnering with private industry (companies such as Swish Maintenance, a manufacturer and distributor of sanitation and maintenance supplies, and outfitter Mountain Equipment Co-op, for example), Ontario Parks has been able to leverage the combined brainpower and resources of both entities and achieve some pretty cool results.

 

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Burnt Lands Buckthorn Removal Blitz!

Guest Blogger: Erica Barkley
Assistant Zone Ecologist
Southeast Zone
 Ontario Parks is home to amazing natural places, and it’s our job to look after them. At Burnt Lands Provincial Park, a non-operating Nature Reserve near Almonte, park staff and partners came together to do just that.
Before and after European buckthorn removal at Burnt Lands Provincial Park.

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Firewood Can Destroy Millions of Trees

Did you know that transporting firewood allows invasive species such as the Emerald Ash Borer to spread? This insect will hide under the bark where you can’t see them! Something as simple as bringing your own firewood when you travel to or from home or a park could threaten and destroy thousands, even millions, of trees! Continue reading Firewood Can Destroy Millions of Trees