If you think that you have spotted an invasive species on City property, please take a couple of pictures and report details to Service Barrie. If it's found on your own property please report on
Choose beautiful alternatives for you garden by planting non-invasive plants. Download the Ontario’s Invasive Plant Councils’ Grow Me Instead brochure.
Each person can make a difference in preventing new invasive plant species and stopping the spread of existing ones. People across North America are joining together to protect the places we love by taking the PlayCleanGo Pledge.
Canadian Council on Invasive Species
EDDMapS - Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System
Invasive Species Centre
Invasive Species in Ontario
Ontario Invasive Plant Council
An invasive species is a non-native organism introduced by human activity that has no natural checks and balances and that aggressively out-competes native organisms for living space on the landscape.
The spread of these plants, animals and microorganisms cause harm to the ecosystem, economy, society, and potentially human health.
Invasive species impact the biodiversity of our landscape and can heavily impair existing plant and animal communities. They can be difficult and expensive to remove, and often invasive species can never be completely eradicated. That is why it is critical to properly identify new introductions and be on the lookout for new invasive species before they get established.
Pathways is the term used to describe entry points and methods of how invasive species are introduced into new areas. Natural pathways include wind, water movement and animal dispersal. Man-made pathways are how most invasive species are spread in our City
trails, and natural areas:
Please avoid the above activities to help control the spread of invasive plants and insects.
If you think that you have spotted an invasive species, take a couple of pictures. If it’s found on City property please contact Service Barrie at (705) 726-4242 or
ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca. If you have it on your own property, please report on
The top five invasive terrestrial plant species to be on the lookout for in Barrie:
Giant Hogweed(Heracleum mantegazzianum)Can be harmful for humans. DO NOT TOUCH.
Phragmites(Phragmites australis subsp. australis)
Urban forestry staff are responsible for
pest preparedness programs and monitoring on City property. Invasive insect species to be on the lookout for in Barrie:
Emerald Ash Borer
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