April 24, 2016
BC Gov't News
Keeping the Valley
$72k for fight against invasive species
Ashley Stewart, BC Gov't Caucus
provincial government is providing $50,000 to the Fraser Valley
Invasive Plant Council Society and $22,500 to the Fraser Valley
Regional District to help control the spread of invasive plants
throughout the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness
"We've seen successful and innovative
new tactics for tackling invasive species in our communities,"
Throness said. "This includes using goats for targeted grazing of
noxious plants in Chilliwack and trained sniffer dogs to detect tiny
invasive mussels coming from Alberta. Everyone plays a role in
preventing the spread of invasive species."
These are two of 31 grants, totalling $1,727,000, that are being
distributed throughout the province in 2016 to local governments,
regional invasive species committees and the Invasive Species
Council of B.C. This funding will assist with these groups' ongoing
activities and also support the objectives of the provincial
Invasive Plant Program.
The grants will be used to help raise public awareness of invasive
plant concerns, survey invasive plant populations and actively treat
high-priority sites to control the spread of these destructive
Invasive plants are species that have been introduced into British
Columbia from other areas. They displace native vegetation and can
cause considerable economic and environmental damage. Some pose a
health risk to people (e.g. skin irritation). Invasive plants can
also disrupt natural ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil
erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops.
This funding is in addition to the $935,000 already allocated by the
Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations for
invasive plant control and management in 2016-17.
• The provincial Invasive Plant Program identifies sites where
new invasive plant species have been found and responds rapidly to
contain and eradicate them before they become established and start
• Currently, some of the targeted invasive plant species in
B.C. are marsh plume thistle, European common reed, garlic mustard,
knotweed, Spartina, orange and yellow (non-native) hawkweeds,
knapweed, giant hogweed, blueweed, common tansy, tansy ragwort,
hoary alyssum, field scabious, leafy spurge, purple loosestrife,
yellow flag iris, Himalayan balsam and Scotch broom.
• Invasive Plant Program:
• B.C. Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group:
• Invasive Species Council of British Columbia:
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