The Invasive Species Centre is pleased to announce the recipients of the Education and Community Action Microgrant Awards for Ontario as part of the Invasive Species Centre’s 10-Year Anniversary celebrations. The Invasive Species Centre has awarded 24 microgrants of $1,000 each to support invasive species education and community action in Ontario.
“Thank you to the individuals, groups and organizations that take action to help prevent and manage invasive species,” says Sarah Rang, Executive Director at the Invasive Species Centre. “We are pleased to support the exciting microgrant project work being completed this year to support prevention and management of invasive species.”
An invasive species is an organism that causes ecological, economic, or social impacts in a new environment. Invaders kill, crowd out and devastate native species and their ecosystems. They impact outdoor experiences and tourism and can affect human health. Globally, invasive species are the second most important threat to biodiversity after habitat loss. A recent study by the Invasive Species Centre estimated the potential impacts on agriculture, fisheries, forests, healthcare, tourism, and the recreation industry from invasive species are estimated to be $3.6 billion per year in Ontario. Work done at the community level is critical to protecting our lands and water from the impacts of invasive species.
The Invasive Species Centre would like to thank the following for their support: the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Fund, and the Government of Canada.
Congratulations to the Invasive Species Centre Microgrant recipients. Microgrant recipients and project descriptions can be viewed here.