“Invasive species have detrimental impacts to our farm and ranchlands, lakes and natural environment,” said MLA Pat Pimm. “This support will certainly help the regional municipalities in their efforts to prevent the spread of invasive species.”
“Preventing the spread of invasive species in the Peace to protect our agriculture sector and delicate ecosystem is a major priority for our government,” said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. “This funding will go a long way to continue the fight against these species.”
The funding will be used to raise public awareness of invasive plants, survey invasive plant populations, and control their spread in high-priority sites.
Invasive plants are species that have been introduced into B.C. from other areas. They displace native vegetation and can cause considerable economic and environmental damage, with some posing a health risk. Invasive plants may disrupt natural ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops.
A total of $1.6 million is being distributed by the B.C. government to help local governments, regional invasive species committees and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. implement the provincial Invasive Plant Program.