April 12, 2019 – FOCA received a letter from MNRF Policy Branch officially discontinuing our collaborative work on invasive species prevention for 2019-20, citing “difficult decisions to ensure that key services will be fiscally sustainable”. FOCA remains committed to educating our members about invasive species and looks forward to any future opportunities to work with Ontario to further their goals.
April 2, 2019 – FOCA was part of a Queens Park outreach initiative to familiarize provincial elected officials and their staffs with the great work being done on invasive species prevention through partnerships. Also in attendance were Ducks Unlimited Canada, Forests Ontario, OFAH, Nature Conservancy, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council. “Meaningful partnerships are the best defence against invasive species”
August 16, 2017 – FOCA joined Minister Kathryn McGarry (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry), MPP Jeff Leal, and other program partners as the Minister outlined 2017 program investments to combat invasive species.
(Pictured L to R): Terry Rees of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations, Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal, MNRF Minister Kathryn McGarry, Tracy Cooke of the Invasive Species Centre, Angelo Lombardo of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and Ken Towle of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council. Image courtesy MNRF.
With this funding in 2017, FOCA is working with our member associations to engage waterfront property owners is preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.
A new guide has been released by FOCA: A Shoreline Owner’s Guide to Invasive Species.
Terry Rees noted that, “FOCA encourages every cottager to have an action plan to prevent the spread of invasive species to our precious lakes and rivers.”
“Over the past 25 years,” said Minister McGarry, “Ontario has had many successful initiatives that have helped to contain and prevent the spread of invasive species… Through working with our partners, our government is asking people from across Ontario to continue to help us protect our ecosystem…”
Read the full Media Release from the Ministry, including quotes from all the partners.
Aug. 16, 2017 – Link to Global News coverage of this event.