Entertainment and activities | February 9, 2023
The City of Mississauga is recognizing Invasive Species Awareness Week. From February 21 to March 4, you can join a series of virtual or in-person events to learn about invasive species. You will also learn how to detect them early and how to protect Mississauga’s urban tree canopy and natural spaces.
Invasive species are plants, animals or micro-organisms that are not native to Mississauga. They can negatively alter their new environments, threatening Mississauga’s parks, woodlands, natural areas and wildlife habitats. Invasive plants can take over the space, change the soil composition and compete for nutrients making it harder for native plants to grow. Invasive insects can cause direct harm to trees and other native plants by transmitting disease or eating the leaves or stems.
The City is hosting a series of virtual and in-person events in Mississauga for Invasive Species Awareness Week. You will be able to:
All Mississauga residents interested in learning more about invasive species in Mississauga.
All events take place from Tuesday, February 21 to Saturday, March 4, 2023.
The events are either virtual or in-person at various locations. To register, visit mississauga.ca/invasive-species.
The City’s Invasive Species Management Plan and Implementation Strategy responds to the threat of invasive species in Mississauga. It aims to limit future threats to the community, the City’s budget and our natural areas.
Although all invasive plant species can threaten our natural environments, the City prioritizes the species that currently pose the greatest threat. The City is currently mapping and controlling the following highly invasive plants:
Reporting will help the City map populations of invasive species, create management plans and prevent further spread.
To learn more about ways to help and what the City is doing to manage invasive plants and pests in Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/services-and-programs/forestry-and-environment/invasive-species/.
City of Mississauga Media Relations
905-615-3200, ext. 5232