Have a question regarding invasive species? It may be answered on this page! Click on a question to expand the answer below. If your question is not answered here, please contact us and we will try our best to answer it.
I found what I think is an invasive species; can you identify it for me?
Yes, we can help you ID species you are unfamiliar with. Visit our Identify page for some helpful tips on what information to collect to make the ID process easier. You can send your detailed notes and photos.
I have invasive species growing on my property; can you help me remove it?
Unfortunately, as a volunteer council, we do not have the capacity to take on eradication projects on private property. However, we do have management fact sheets for many common invasive species on our website. If you cannot find the species you are looking for, contact us and we may be able to provide management advice.
What invasive species would you like to be reported?
Our PEI Invasive Species Plant List is available online (click thumbnail above to view). The species highlighted in red, at the top of the list, are considered priority species and should be reported right away if you see them. Species highlighted in blue are not known to be present on PEI, and should also be reported if you see them. Ubiquitous species (highlighted in gray at the bottom of list) do not need to be reported. All sightings will be recorded in our database.
How do I dispose of the invasive species that I have removed from my property?
If you have less than one ton of invasive plant material to dispose of, no permit is required. Confirm that you have an invasive plant by researching online or contacting us. Place invasive plants in a clear plastic bag and secure. Write plant name (or “invasive plant”) on the bag. Place in waste cart (you can also have up to 2 excess bags beside your cart) OR transport to the nearest Waste Watch Drop-Off Centre and pay applicable disposal fee.
How can I help?
There are many ways to help stop the spread of invasive species on PEI:
- Familiarize yourself with some of the invasive species present on PEI by reading our fact sheets
- Learn how to ID our priority species, and report them right away if you see them
- Choose native species to plant in your gardens, and do your research if you are planning to plant non-native species. If a plant is invasive in another jurisdiction, it may also become invasive on PEI.
- Organize a community weed pull in your neighbourhood! It’s a great way to socialize with neighbours and do your part to help stop the spread of invasive species.
- Join our Spotters Network! Volunteer spotters receive training on how to ID priority species, effective note-taking and photography, and how to report. Spotters also receive a spotter’s kit, which contains all of the supplies necessary to identify, record, and sample invasive species.
When will the next Spotters Network training session be?
Upcoming training sessions and Spotters Network events will be posted on the Spotters Network page on our website and on our Facebook page.