Like last year, 28 grants totalling over $1.7 million were given to local governments and committees across the province, but the funding for northeast B.C. is down from 2012, when the PRRD got $235,000 and the NRRM $61,200.

The funding is intended to support the objectives of the provincial Invasive Plant Program, which identifies locations of invasive plant species and helps contain and get rid off newly discovered invasive plant species before they become established and begin spreading.

Invasive plants are not native to a particular ecosystem and have the potential to displace long-established species and can cause considerable economic or environmental damage. Such plants may disrupt natural ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops.