Garlic mustard might be a nice addition to your dinner but the prolific spread of this highly invasive plant is wreaking havoc on our local ecosystem. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) invites local residents to fight the spread of garlic mustard at an invasive species removal event on Saturday May 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Belfountain Conservation Area, 10 Credit Street, Belfountain L7K 0E5.
Every full bag of garlic mustard equals one ballot in a raffle for prizes. All participants are treated to a free barbeque after the contest. Garlic mustard is not on the menu.
This family-friendly event is in partnership with Belfountain Public School and the Belfountain Community Organization. The event is open to anyone. Students are encouraged to participate and earn their community volunteer hours.
“This is an opportunity for individuals and families to get outside, connect with nature and do their part for their local environment,” said Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. “It’s a great way for families and individuals to enjoy the outdoors.”
Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant. It takes over gardens and forests, outcompeting native plants. This can alter the delicate balance of the local ecosystem and have devastating results for plants and wildlife. Removing invasive plants helps restore local ecosystems.
Imported to North America as an edible green by European settlers, the biennial plant dominates the groundcover of forests, gardens and other areas. Since its introduction, garlic mustard spread gradually but recently underwent a population explosion in the last 20 to 30 years. It is now widespread across north-eastern North America south of the Canadian Shield. It has also been found to the west in Vancouver and California. Garlic mustard is found in many forests and sites throughout the Credit River watershed.
Participants under 18 must read CVC’s youth volunteer policy and bring a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. The policy is available at http://www.creditvalleyca.ca/learn-and-get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-policies-and-waivers.
Participants should dress for the weather, and wear long pants and safety boots if possible. Gloves are provided but extras would be helpful.
Those interested are asked to contact CVC’s Annabel Krupp at 905-670-1615 x446 or [email protected]
A CVC volunteer removing invasive plants.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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