Invasive Species

Invasive species pose one of the most immediate threats to woodlot health and long-term productivity. They are often not noticed until they are a problem that is both difficult and expensive to control. Without a clear plan to address them, invasive plants and pathogens can spread quickly and render planned tending and management activities inadvisable. Fraser Smith has previously served in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors providing expertise and support for invasive species issues across Ontario. As the Terrestrial Invasive Species Outreach Liaison for Ontario, Fraser produced and assisted with many of the resources and tools still in use across the province today.

F Smith Consulting provides much of the expertise, equipment, and experience to provide efficient and effective consulting or control measures to keep your woodlot healthy and thriving. One important action that can be taken at the forest management planning stage is to develop an invasive species management strategy and program. Many aspects of the invasive strategy can be easily incorporated into already existing practices such as monitoring, tending, and scheduled thinning operations.

Dog Strangling Vine

Above: Old picnic table engulfed by Dog Strangling Vine