Photo:  Susan Beaumont, WRRB Photo: Susan Beaumont, WRRB

Firewood and Boats Short Survey

Do you use firewood? Do you like to hunt, camp, fish, hike or participate in any other outdoor recreation activities? If so, the Canadian Council on Invasive Species wants to hear from you!  Complete a short online survey for a chance to win one of three prizes worth $250!

The Council works to support actions and information that can help reduce the reduce the threat and impacts of invasive species.  It’s currently seeking information from across Canada about how Canadians participate in outdoor recreation and firewood activities and how those activities relate to our environment.  You can fill out the survey at the link below.  Your survey results are anonymous, and if you choose to participate in the draw, you will hear in April –just in time for the summer season! 

To complete the survey, click HERE.

Nonindigenous species, also referred to as invasive or non-native, can put the health of natural environments at risk and threaten to upset the ecosystems as they make a new home.  When a non-native plant or animal is introduced to a new environment, it can throw off the biological balance of its new habitat. It can reproduce and spread quickly and disrupt the areas in which it lives.  It may, for example, outcompete and displace native species, reducing the abundance and variety of life in an area.

How do invasive species “invade” a new territory?  Did you know that these “bandit” species can hitch a ride on a boat or on firewood?  Insects, plants and diseases can be transported from one place to another by means of these pathways.  Firewood, for example, can host invasive species that hide or lie dormant on or under the bark, or inside the firewood itself, escaping detection.  They can also be carried on clothing and in or on boats. 

To find out more about the Canadian Council on Invasive Species, go to canadainvasives.ca.