Dr. Amanda Roe, a very important voice in the world of invasive species

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The Asian Long-horned Beetle is happiest when its destroying hardwood stands. If you see it, get that info to the MNRF and/or the Invasive Species Centre.

“Just about every discovery of an invasive species has been spotted by an astute member of the general public ~ citizens paying attention to the natural world and changes they may be witnessing.” Dr. Amanda Roe

Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW), currently underway is a collaborative campaign focused on raising awareness about invasive species through social media. In Ontario, the Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network, Forests Ontario, Invading Species Awareness Program, Invasive Species Centre, and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council have partnered to develop ISAW campaign resource materials.

As part of ISAW, Superior Media had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Amanda Roe, Research Scientist Insect Production and Quarantine at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre. Her work is super important in protecting Algoma’s maple trees and other hardwood trees. Have a listen to the conversation she shared with reporter Lynne Brown.

Dr. Amanda Roe.
photo courtesy, Invasive Species Centre, Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Dr. Roe is an expert on invasive species, and recently shared her research, including the terrific news that the Asian Long-horn Beetle (ALHB) has been successfully eradicated in Canada. Dr. Amanda Roe highlights the important work of maintaining vigilance where invasive species like the Asian Longhorn Beetle are concerned.

The Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is native to China and the Korean peninsula.  In Canada, it mainly attacks maple, but also many other tree species such as poplar, birch, willow and elm. It has no natural enemies in Canada and has not been found outside of Ontario. ALHB is a highly destructive wood-boring pest of maples and other hardwood trees including poplar, birch and willow. It has the potential to devastate Canada’s hardwood and maple syrup industries. The ALHB was discovered in the cities of Mississauga and Toronto in August 2013, after previously having been eradicated in the cities of Toronto and Vaughan

On June 25, 2020, The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, with the Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan, announced that the Asian longhorned beetle (ALHB) had been eradicated from the cities of Mississauga and Toronto. This was the only known population of ALHB in Canada.

Persons interested in following Dr. Amanda Roe’s work can follow her on Twitter, The Invasive Species Centre or by reaching out to her at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Telephone: (705) 541-5517 and email: [email protected]

Thankyou to Dr. Roe for her leadership and expertise in undertaking to keep our region, our province and country Invasive Species free. Stay vigilante people ~ If you see something, say something. Grab some photos, mark your location, and share it with the experts ‘in the field’.

Invasive Species Awareness Week continues to February 26, 2021. If you are a social media aficionado, you can use the hashtag, #InvSpWk to engage with the social media campaign.

In 2020, the Great Lakes Forestry Centre celebrated 75 years in Sault Ste. Marie.

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