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.
Continue reading Mark S. Burnham buckthorn blitz
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:
Continue reading 5 small ways we protect what’s precious
Noticed 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…
Continue reading Our 2016 parks pass is more than just a pretty flower
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?
Continue reading Don’t deck the Scots pine for Christmas
You’ve likely passed this plant while exploring a park or even while driving on the highway. But did you recognize this invasive species?
Continue reading Invaders in the park: phragmites