B.C. grants over $1.7 million to fight invasive plants

provincial government is providing over $1.7 million in new grants to control the spread of invasive plants

 

The provincial government is providing over $1.7 million in  new grants to control the spread of invasive plants, Forests, Lands and  Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced on May 24.

The 28 grants are being given to local governments, Regional Weed  Committees and the Invasive Species Council of BC to assist their  activities and support the objectives of the provincial Invasive Plant Program. This funding is in addition to the $714,000 already earmarked  by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations for  invasive plant control and management in 2012-13.

Regional weed committees, the Invasive Species Council of BC, local  governments, provincial government ministries and stakeholders work  together to raise public awareness, survey invasive plant populations  and actively treat high-priority invasive plant sites to control their  spread. Funding has also been granted to the Invasive Species Council of BC for provincial collaboration, co-ordination and communication, as  well as establishing best management practices for invasive plants.

Regional weed committees serve as forums for land managers and other  stakeholders to co-ordinate treatment activities and participate in  outreach and educational opportunities. 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. They may disrupt natural  ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil  chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops.

 

 

 

 

 

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