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 Breeding Successfully in Ontario (Aug 15, 2012)
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
As an update to our reports of homeowner finds of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), we have now found conclusive evidence that this invasive alien pest has established itself in Ontario. Several life stages of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), including eggs, nymphs, and adults have been collected over the last few weeks in a homeowner garden and a wildlife sanctuary in Hamilton, ON. There have been unconfirmed reports of BMSB in other locations OMAFRA and the University of Guelph have ongoing surveys for BMSB in field crops across the province; to date, the pest has not been detected in any crop.
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.
Government Protects the Great Lakes from
Asian Carp (May 28,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The Government of Canada will make a
significant investment to protect Canada’s
Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp.
This new funding totalling $17.5 million
will be allocated over the next five years
to four key activities: Prevention, early
warning, rapid response, and management and