Invasive Species

An invasive species can be defined as a plant, animal, fungus or bacteria that are not native to a specific region which can negatively impact a regions ecosystem, health and environment.

Invasive species are directly threatening the way of life a lot of First Nations across Canada. Invasive plants, fungus and animals species are becoming a growing concern in First Nations territories because they threaten to upset the delicate ecosystem balance.

Invasive species can seriously impact the environment, local economies and human health especially for Indigenous people who rely on the land to provide food and a way of life. Due to their rapid spread and unnatural place in the local ecosystems, invasive species can seriously affect the growth and survival of natural timber, livestock, crops, fish stocks, plants, and animals. Since there are no natural predators for invasive species, they often go unnoticed until significant damage is noticed.

If your First Nation is experiencing the negative impacts of invasive species it’s time to talk to one of our environmental experts.

We also offer:

Biological Monitoring (Biomonitoring)

Biomonitoring involves an assessment of changes to the biotic community occurring over time as a result of alteration to the surroundings; such as a new development or an environmental rehabilitation project. Biomonitoring is frequently used to detect impacts to water quality from point and non-point sources. Cambium Aboriginal will design a biomonitoring program to suit the requirements of each client. Biomonitoring of terrestrial, wetland and aquatic systems is becoming a common addition to traditional monitoring programs for municipal and private sector clients.

Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Relocation

Cambium Aboriginal has several personnel trained as Class 1 Electrofishing Crew Leaders and are experienced in the identification of fish and other aquatic organisms. Our trained staff are able to design a site specific fish assessment based on evaluation of habitat characteristics and availability, fish presence/absence, and logistical factors. Cambium Aboriginal personnel are experienced in the capture and release of fish and other aquatic or amphibious organisms, and can assist construction teams with relocation of these species from working areas (i.e. fish salvage). Cambium Aboriginal crew leaders have obtained the standard provincial training to undertake this specialized task.

If your community has concerns about the health of aquatic environments and fish populations in your area, or are considering the development of a fishery, Cambium Aboriginal would be pleased to speak with you about your options.

Biological Assessments for Legislative Requirements and Compliance Approvals

Cambium Aboriginal also offers biological assessment and monitoring services to assist our clients in obtaining development and site alteration permits/approvals and to assess compliance of proposed developments with existing policy and legislation. The requirements for each biological assessment are uniquely dependent on legislation, the mandate of the regulatory agency, the type and scale of development and the natural characteristics of the site surroundings. Studies are completed at a range of scales, from single residential developments to multi-unit residential developments and industrial/commercial development or expansion.

Cambium Aboriginal has proven experience working with local, regional and provincial regulators and in balancing the requirements of regulators with the needs and capabilities of clients. Cambium Aboriginal will provide recommendations to ensure that environmental quality is maintained during and following development.

At Cambium Aboriginal we have years of experiencing helping communities develop plans to minimize the effects of invasive species. We can help provide your First Nations community with a solution to help restore balance and harmony protecting your community’s valuable natural resources.

Let Cambium Aboriginal help.

Contact us today for a FREE consultation at:

705.657.1126 (Telephone)

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Cambium Indigenous Professional Services
1109 Mississauga Street, Curve Lake First Nation, Ontario K0L 1R0