Outreach, Surveillance, and Control of Invasive Water Soldier
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$45,000

Lake Basin(s):

Ontario

Project Location(s):

Trent Severn Waterway in Lake Seymour near the Hamlet of Trent River, ON

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is applying herbicide to habitat along the Trent Severn Waterway to control the only known population of invasive water soldier in North America. This work is being  conducted to eradicate this isolated population and prevent colonization to other areas. Water soldier is an invasive perennial aquatic plant that is native to Europe and Northwest Asia. The only known wild population in North America was found in the Trent River in 2008. Numerous agencies, including the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Trent University, and Parks Canada have undertaken a variety of control measures, conducted surveillance, tested the efficacy of management and control efforts, and researched new methods for early detection since 2008. Moving forward, a recently developed Integrated Management Plan (IMP) for Water Soldier is being used to inform the response to this population. The ultimate goal of the IMP for Water Soldier remains eradication of this population from Ontario. In addition to controlling the existing population of water soldier, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters will continue to communicate with and engage local citizens and community groups to build awareness of this

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