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WILD PARSNIP & OTHER NOXIOUS WEEDS

The Township is receiving calls from residents concerned about Wild Parsnip, an invasive plant that is increasingly common in Lanark County. The plant is mostly found in roadside ditches, rail corridors, trails and uncultivated lands. Wild Parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to severe burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin.

Drummond/North Elmsley does not have a noxious weed eradication program. Lanark County is taking some action on county roads in an effort to control the plant’s spread. To read about their program, go to this link:www.lanarkcounty.ca

Wild ParsnipPicture of Wild Parsnip
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Wild Parsnip LeavesPicture of Wild Parsnip Leaves
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The best way to protect yourself from Wild Parsnip is to be able to identify the plant and avoid it. Make sure you teach children what wild parsnip, poison ivy, and other poisonous plants look like so they can avoid them when playing outside. Anyone who plans to have contact with the plant should dress carefully to cover all exposed skin and wear eye protection.

Important safety information on Wild Parsnip hazards, control and disposal is available on the ‘Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program’ web site. If you are going to attempt to eradicate the plant on your property, consult this link for proper handling techniques: www.invadingspecies.com

Please note that Wild Parsnip and Giant Hogweed are very different plants, although they are often compared due to similar leaf patterns. Giant Hogweed is distinguished by its height: it can grow to be 15-20 feet tall. Giant Hogweed is far more dangerous and is rare in Lanark County compared to Wild Parsnip.

Thank you for your efforts to protect yourself and your family from contact with Wild Parsnip and other poisonous plants.

Cathie Green
Public Works Assistant
613 267 6565 Ext 243
cgreen@dnetownship.ca

 

 


Steve Fournier
Steve Fournier
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George Sachs
George Sachs
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