KELOWNA – The Regional District of Central Okanagan is receiving $15,500 from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) to help regional districts and local organizations combat invasive plants.
“In addition to the disruption they cause for native species, invasive plants are a significant problem for the agriculture industry.”
– Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson
“The $15,500 going to the regional district and over $1.7 to recipients across the province are a smart investment – invasive species have already caused too much damage in B.C.”
– Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick
“I know firsthand the difficulty in controlling invasive plants can be costly if not dealt with in a timely manner. The Invasive Plant Program does a great job of identifying outbreaks of invasive plants and making sure they are dealt with appropriately.”
– Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart
- Methods used to minimize the spread of invasive plants include mechanical treatments (physical removal or destruction), chemical treatments (targeted use of herbicides), and biological controls (using an invasive plant’s natural predators to control its growth).
- The Invasive Species Grants will be used to:
- protect habitats and native species from impacts caused by expanding invasive plant populations;
- develop collaborative invasive plant management strategies with all land management agencies at the local level;
- identify and treat invasive plant species that are new to a region;
- support First Nations IP Partnership Programs (12 established and several more in progress);
- support local government weed programs and awareness activities.
For more information:
- Invasive Alien Plant Program: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hra/plants/index.htm
- Invasive Species Council of British Columbia: http://www.bcinvasives.ca