The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is proposing that milkweed be removed from the Schedule of Noxious Weeds and that dog-strangling vine be added. Milkweed provides an important habitat and a larval food source for the monarch butterfly, which is experiencing an alarming decline in numbers. Dog-strangling vine is an invasive plant that can be difficult to control once established. It is also a hazard to monarch butterfly populations because, though monarch butterflies are attracted to it, any eggs they lay on the plant will not survive. The proposed amendment is available for public comment.
The deadline for comments is April 14, 2014.
(Excerpt taken from the Ontario Nature news e-blast.)