Stream Watch - Invasive Species Removal

29-Aug-2014 11-Sep-2014

SNC Stream Watch Crew is at it again! On Tuesday August 19, volunteers from RBC Embrun helped to remove Japanese Knotweed from a stream bank along a Castor River Tributary. This invasive perennial plant spreads quickly, creates dense thickets, and degrades wildlife habitat. Originally used as an ornamental plant in gardens, this plant competes agressively with other native plants in the area and limits biodiversity. It is also readily transported along riparian zones by flowing watercourses. Various control measures can help minimize the spread of Japanese Knotweed, and small stands of Japanese Knotweed can be controlled using an appropriate management plan and monitoring. For more information on volunteering for the Stream Watch Program or information on invasive species and their control, contact Philip Duncan.