Over the past several years there has been an increase in the number of invasive species in our township. At the same time, there has been a growing awareness of these plants and the township's efforts to control them. Tools are in place to help track invasive species. Contact the Invasive Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or the online Invasive Tracking System at www.invasivetrackingsystem.ca if you have information.
Below is information about these plants and at the side of the screen are documents or links to more information.
Also known as the Common Reed, this invasive plant goes to a height of 2 to 4 m annually and spreads rapidly by seeds or rhizome fragments. In 2010, the Township of Huron-Kinloss obtained permission from the Ministry of Natural Resources to apply pesticide to this plant and now utilizes a application method of wicking as well as cutting. It is hoped that this program will eradicate phragmites australis from our beaches.
This flowering plant is most easily distinguished by it's "giant" size. In the spring, usually up until about early May, plants are about 30cm in height and most easily dug up (see articles on the Giant Hogweed before attempting to do this yourself). Under ideal contitions, the plant is known to grow up to 5.5 m high. Often mistaken for others in the carrot family, the Giant Hogweed can cause dermatitus in humans. Please read the accompaning documents (right hand side) for pictures, directions for safe handling, and further information.
In 2010, Ontario listed Giant Hogweed as a provincially noxious weed under the Weed Control Act.
The Poison Ivy plant is still found in small pockets around the shores of Lake Huron and in some of our wooded areas. As with the Giant Hogweed (above), care needs to be taken when attempting removal of this plant. More information is available from the links listed on the right hand side.
Emerald Ash Borer
While not an invasive plant, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is extremely destructive. This invasive exotic beetle comes from China and other parts of Asia. The EAB attacks and kills all native species of ash, and has killed as many as 100 million ash trees in southern Ontario, Michigan and surrounding areas in just over 10 years. Visual surveys can find EAB infestations but by the time the signs or symptoms can be seen, the insect has usually been in the trees for three to four years. The EAB was noticed in the Township of Huron-Kinloss in 2012 and landowners with ash trees on their property are encouraged to read the information on the right hand side to gain insight into this problem.