Invasive species that are allowed to flourish will impact Alberta's environment, economy and society. The natural beauty of Alberta is threatened by invasions of spotted knapweed, common tansy and wild boars which drive out our native plants and the animals that depend on them. A zebra and quagga mussel infestation would create a $75 million dollar annual impact on water infrastructure, irrigation, fishing and water recreation. Alberta Beef relies on productive rangeland and pasture which is free of leafy spurge and tall buttercup. Purple loosestrife and flowering rush are affecting our lakes and waterways. Japanese knotweed threatens our cities, homes and roads. The Government of Alberta has legislation to address the threats. Over seventy invasive plants are listed in the Alberta Weed Control Act and Regulations. Report invasive plants 310-2777. The Alberta Fisheries Act was recently updated to include many aquatic invasive species. Report aquatic invasive species; 1–855-336-2628. The Agricultural Pest Act includes insect and disease threats. Alberta is one of the few jurisdictions in the world that is rat-free. Report rats dial 310-7287.
Join the Spotters Network at Alberta Invasive Species Council and report invasive species.
Join the growing list of PlayCleanGo partners in Alberta who are taking action to stop the spread of damaging invasive species.
The invasive species of most concern depends on your location. Earthworms, woody plants like buckthorn and Oriental bittersweet, herbaceous plants like garlic mustard, and insect and disease pests like the emerald ash borer and oak wilt threaten Minnesota forests. Forbs like purple loosestrife, woody plants like Japanese knotweed and grasses like exotic Phragmites threaten our wetlands. Canada thistle is among those that impact our crop lands and plants like Grecian foxglove and leafy spurge degrade Minnesota rangelands. Several are also harmful to human health like wild parsnip and Grecian foxglove.
For a list of the invasive plants found in Minnesota, go to MNDNR-Invasive terrestrial plants.
For a list of the invasive animals found in Minnesota, go to MNDNR-Invasive terrestrial animals.
To report new invasive species occurrences, go to EDDmaps.org.
To help protect Minnesota resources, PlayCleanGo invites you to join other Minnesota PlayCleanGo partners in spreading the word and in taking action to stop the spread of damaging invasive species.