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Spraying at Vanderwater Conservation Area in June 2015

Dog Strangling Vine

Quinte Conservation staff plan on spraying for Dog-Strangling Vine next week at Vanderwater Conservation Area if the weather cooperates. Forestry and Field Operations Manager David Smallwood says, “Dog-Strangling Vine is an invasive species. The vines grow densely and crowd out native plants and young trees, preventing forest regeneration. Manual removal of the plants can sometimes be effective if the plants are young and found early, but stronger methods are needed for large, established areas that have been infested.”

Smallwood explains, “We will be posting all of the areas in advance of the spraying and for a few days after. The areas that are being sprayed should be avoided for 12 hours after the spraying. There are no residual effects from using the spray.”

Areas to be sprayed include some sites along the road through Vanderwater and along the trails near the Scout camp.

Dog-Strangling Vine refers to two invasive plants that are native to Eurasia; Black Swallowwort and Pale Swallowwort. These members of the milkweed family have spread rapidly in recent years throughout central and southern Ontario. The plants were first introduced to the northeastern United States in the mid-1800s for use in gardens.

The 257 hectare (635 acre) Vanderwater Conservation Area is located 3 km east of Thomasburg off Highway 37, at 512 Vanderwater Road. This Conservation Area was set aside as a memorial to the late Colonel Roscoe Vanderwater, an enthusiastic conservationist, as well as the founder and first chairman of the Moira River Conservation Authority. Vanderwater Conservation Area was opened in 1960. The 15 km of trails explore a wide range of natural environments from mature cedar forests in the low lying areas to hardwood and coniferous forests that cover the slopes and high ground.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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