If you stop and take a look around at the splendor that is Mother Nature, you can quickly become humbled to know that many of the trees and plants that make up much of the wild space here in the Ottawa area were here long before we were.
The fact of the matter is, many of these plants (we’re looking at you, Maple trees) we here before the point of European contact. The same goes for native grasses, shrubs and other plants that call our beautiful country home.
As time progressed, our European ancestors (and others that followed) brought plants with them from their homeland. While seemingly harmless on the surface, human history has taught us quite a few lessons regarding the risks associated with this type of import practices.
Fast forward to present day and our insects of all shapes and sizes, our diverse wildlife, birds, and yes, humans, all depend on these natural environments in one way or another – primarily those of a native descent.
While there are a handful of non-native plants that have proven to be quite beneficial to our landscape, there are many more that have proven to be harmful.