The increasing threat of wild parsnip in Ontario presents a concerning challenge to public safety and environmental preservation. According to the government of Ontario, this invasive plant’s toxic sap contains chemicals that can cause human skin to react to sunlight, resulting in intense burns, rashes or blisters. The plant can form dense stands that outcompete native plants, reducing biodiversity. Prompt removal through controlled mowing, herbicides, or manual uprooting can help contain its spread. Additionally, promoting native plant growth and habitat restoration will aid in reducing the invasive species’ foothold, safeguarding Ontario’s natural ecosystems. Every little bit helps!

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