Alberta -- Invasive Plant Mapping in
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive
Species and Ecosystem Health.
EDDMapS Alberta, the Early Detection & Distribution
Mapping System for Alberta, is an innovative
web-based mapping tool which can be used
to document the distribution of targeted
invasive plants across Alberta, and help
identify the leading edge of new infestations.
Volunteers can learn how to collect data
on invasive plants, and enter the data
into EDDMapS Alberta through a web-based
data entry form. The intent is to empower
the public to become actively involved,
in order to more effectively slow the spread
of harmful invasive plants, and reduce
their environmental and economic damage.
States and Canada Sign Amended Great Lakes
Water Quality Agreement: Agreement will
protect the health of the largest freshwater
system in the world (Sep
The U.S. and Canada signed an accord
to protect the Great Lakes, the world's largest
freshwater system. The agreement, last updated
in 1987, addresses critical health issues
in the Great Lakes region and is a model
of binational cooperation to protect water
quality. See Great
Environment Canada for more information.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Update (Jul 2015)
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
We have been actively monitoring for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) since 2011. As of June 2015, we have confirmed BMSB has established (breeding) populations at 5 locations in Ontario, but based on trap captures of adults and homeowner finds, we suspect a much wider distribution. Most BMSB in Ontario have been found by homeowners, and in some locations, multiple reports indicate that local populations have been established. There have been almost 300 confirmed BMSB homeowner finds in Ontario to date!
Ontario Releases Plan to Combat Invasive Species (Jul 3, 2012)
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Ontario has developed a plan to combat invasive species in order to protect the province's environment and its economy. The Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan (PDF | 2.89 MB) outlines Ontario's approach to the prevention, early detection, and rapid response to new invasive species and the effective management of existing invasive species like round goby, zebra mussels and the emerald ash borer. Several ministries will work together under the plan to ensure threats to the province's biodiversity and its economy are dealt with as effectively as possible.