Leafy Spurge in Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

Leafy Spurge in Saskatchewan (Photo by NCC)

SaskEnergy donates to fight leafy spurge

Leafy spurge (Photo by Ed L/pawpaw67)

Leafy spurge (Photo by Ed L/pawpaw67)

Leafy spurge is a problematic invasive plant species that has spread over an estimated 2 million hectares in North America. Known for its distinct yellow and green flowers and milky sap when cut, this weed can quickly outcompete native plant species for water and nutrients. Leafy spurge sap is also an irritant to humans and animals and can cause blistering and rashes when in contact with skin. 

SaskEnergy is addressing the threat of leafy spurge on Saskatchewan’s grasslands by contributing $2,500 to monitoring the impact of local weed control efforts in the Willner-Elbow pasture, and the adjacent Douglas Provincial Park.

Through a collaborative effort between Willner-Elbow Grazing Corp, the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, SaskEnergy’s financial backing will contribute to the growth of an existing monitoring program that directly addresses this invasive plant species. Using data analysis, agrologist expertise, and weed and range management planning, the program is an essential element of protecting grasslands and its many at-risk species. The program is also initiating a volunteer event to translocate leafy spurge beetles to these regions. The introduced spurge beetles only target leafy spurge and are part of a multi-tool approach to controlling leafy spurge.

SaskEnergy’s generous support for this monitoring program demonstrates their appreciation for nature, and their passion for conservation in Saskatchewan. For more information about SaskEnergy, visit saskenergy.com.

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