City Launches Garlic Mustard Task Force

The City’s Forestry Section is launching a Garlic Mustard Task Force to encourage residents to steward their local natural areas through planned Garlic Mustard removals.

Garlic Mustard is an invasive species that was brought to North America as a food source and for herbal medicine. In natural areas, Garlic Mustard outperforms native species by crowding out and displacing native plants such as Trillium flowers.

The City is currently taking measures to reduce the Garlic Mustard population in Mississauga, but since it can double in size in four years’ time, the recruitment of interested volunteers for the new Garlic Mustard Task Force is needed to help fight against the growth of Garlic Mustard.
Task Force volunteers will receive training and be assigned a designated park or natural area near their homes to complete a series of Garlic Mustard removal pulls each year.

In an effort to reduce local populations of the invasive Garlic Mustard plant, the City’s Forestry Section is planning its First Annual Garlic Mustard Pull for Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 pm at Mississauga’s Windrush Woods.

If you’re interested in joining the Garlic Mustard Task Force or to register for the upcoming Garlic Mustard Pull, please email parks.forestry@mississauga.ca . If you have any questions about the program, please contact 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311.

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