- Invasive species are plants, animals and insects that have been introduced to a new area and have a negative impact on the local environment, economy, human health, or community wellbeing.
- Native wildlife, waterways, ecosystems, and habitats are impacted by invasive species, as well as industries such as forestry, agriculture, and fisheries!
- Don’t release household pets! Goldfish, reptiles, or certain plants that are released into the wild can disturb important wildlife habitats and may become invasive.
- Invasive plants to look out for include Giant Hogweed, Wild Parsnip, Dog-Strangling Vine and Phragmites. Emerald Ash Borer, Spongy Moth, Goldfish & Asian Carps are all examples of invasive species in Canada.
What Can You Do?
By following these best practices, you can help protect our local environment by stopping the spread of invasive species:
- Remember to always check and clean any plants, insects, and mud from your clothes, equipment, vehicles & pets, especially before visiting a new area!
- Please stay on designated trails and roadways.
- Learn about invasive species so you can identify and report them while exploring outside!
The Town of Mono is actively working to reduce the spread of invasive species such as Phragmites in our community. In addition, all Contractors that work within the Town are required to follow the best practices for clean equipment protocol. In 2023, the Green Shovels Collaborative Invasive Phragmites Control Fund supported community projects across Ontario including the Town of Mono as we work to eliminate invasive Phragmites along our roadways and specifically around our storm ponds. For more information on invasive plants, please visit our Invasive Plants page and the Province's Invasive Species in Ontario page.