We’ve worked closely with the City of Ottawa on a number of recent projects, such as the West End pumping stations, Alta Vista culvert replacement, and the John Asselford Weir removal.
Invasive species can quickly take over ecosystems, wreaking havoc on native plants and animals. They can spread rapidly, creating a massive habitat loss problem as they compete for resources with native species.
There are several ways to combat invasive species: removing them from the ecosystem altogether, preventing new ones from entering, regulating the growth of existing populations, and reducing the amount of space available for invasive species to thrive.
Invasive species removal is an important part of any conservation plan.
1) Remove invasive species from the ecosystem entirely. This is often done through removal or fencing out of non-native populations. It may also mean building physical barriers to keep out unwanted visitors, such as tall fences or berms in streams or rivers.
2) Prevent new invasions by keeping your property free of potential sites of introduction, like disturbed areas or access paths to other properties.
3) Regulate the growth of existing invasive populations. This can be done by limiting their numbers or range through prescribed burning and trapping, keeping coyotes and other predators away, and maintaining healthy vegetation.
4) Reduce the amount of space available for invasive species to thrive by removing dense patches of weeds or brush, clearing debris from streams and lakes, and maintaining good habitat management practices.