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Be Safe Be Seen
Fall is a very enjoyable season for walkers, hikers, cyclists, horseback riders, and other outdoor enthusiasts to go out on trails, into the forests, and be physically active, while taking in the beautiful fall colours and scenery. Hunters are also enjoying time in the forest, particularly during the next few weeks, for the deer gun season.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. In Ontario, these bacteria are spread by the bite of blacklegged ticks (formerly called deer ticks), Ixodes scapularis. The blacklegged tick can be found sporadically throughout the province.
Poison Ivy grows vigourly throughout much of Simcoe County. Learn to recognize it, and remember “Leaves of three, let it be”.
Garlic mustard is an invasive plant species, which can easily be carried by trail users along the trail systems and introduced to previously unaffected areas.
Giant Hogweed is a dangerous invader. The sap contains toxins called furocoumarins, which can increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and may result in severe burns and blisters and temporary or permanent blindness if it comes in contact with the eye.
Dog Strangling Vine
Dog-Strangling Vine is an invasive species which threatens our natural ecosystems; it forms dense colonies which “strangle” out other plants and small trees. It is also interferes with Monarch butterflies reproduction. Dog-Strangling vine is also very difficult to eradicate, so preventing new colonies from starting is key.