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.
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?
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.
Guest Blogger: Erica Barkley
Assistant Zone Ecologist
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.
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