Sask Ministry of Environment raising awareness of invasive species

Making the public aware of what invasive species are and the potential negative impacts it can have on the environment is what the Saskatchewan government is focusing on this week, as it declared Monday to Sunday Invasive Species Awareness Week.

Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, insects, and diseases that can be spread unintentionally through recreational activities such as boating, camping, hiking, and fishing, as well as by transporting wood.

“Invasive species present a serious risk to our province’s biodiversity, as well as our farmland and forests,” Environment Minister Christine Tell said in a news release. “Using the Framework for the Prevention and Management of Invasive Species in Saskatchewan as a guide, public reporting helps slow the spread of these species, preserving Saskatchewan’s natural beauty and economic productivity.”

To increase awareness, the Ministry of Environment will be sharing tips on their Facebook page to help people identify invasive species, understand the threats posed by these species and know how to prevent invasive species from being unintentionally introduced.

Residents can take preventative action by cleaning, draining and drying all watercraft and stopping for checks at decontamination stations, as well as buying and burning local firewood, and reporting sightings of suspected pests. Anyone who may suspect invasive species are present can report it to the 24-hour TIPP line at 1-800-667-7561. 

People can also sign up for iMapInvasives – a mapping and data management tool administered by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

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