Fort Nelson, PRRD receive funding to fight invasive plants

“These Invasive Plant Program grants help local governments and regional organizations identify incursions of invasive plants and treat them effectively to limit any damage they may cause in the future,” writes Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson

Invasive plants are species that have been introduced into B.C. from other areas, according to the ministry.

“They displace native vegetation, can cause significant economic and environmental damage, and may pose health risks to people and animals. Invasive plants can disrupt natural ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops.”

Some of the most intrusive plants in B.C., according to the ministry, are Japanese giant and bohemian knotweeds, marsh plume thistle, European common reed and Spartina.

You can report sightings of invasive plants by using the Report-A-Weed smartphone app, calling 1 888 WEEDSBC or by using the online reporting tool.

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