REGINA — The Ministries of Environment and Agriculture have released an Invasive Species Framework to help manage the threat and impact of invasive species in Saskatchewan, such as purple loosestrife, zebra mussels and mountain pine beetles.
Developed with the help of partners inside and outside of government, the framework outlines a province-wide approach to managing invasive species. It ensures that all provincial invasive species prevention and management efforts are aligned, and establishes a foundation for future strategies, programs and committees.
The framework focuses on four key pillars:
- Prevent Entry of invasive species through education, legislation and surveillance;
- Prevent Establishment of invasive species through early detection and rapid response;
- Respond to Establishment through containment and eradication; and
- Adaptation to established invasive species, when removal is no longer practical, through management planning.
"Invasive species costs thousands of dollars in damage to crops and rangeland and can result in market access issues with our trading partners," Agriculture Minister David Marit said.
"This framework is important in protecting the agriculture sector."
For more information on invasive species, visit: saskatchewan.ca/invasive-species.