The provincial government is investing in containing the spread of invasive plants in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.
Penticton MLA Dan Ashton announced on April 17 that $14,500 will be spent on the initiative in the local region. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is one of 29 across to receive funding from across the province, where a total of $1,702,000 will be invested into the provincial Invasive Plant Program.
“Invasive species can be extremely harmful to local ecosystems,” Ashton said. “By preventing new invasive species and controlling ones that already exist, we can limit their impact and start to restore our natural environment.”
The money will be spent on raising public awareness of invasive species, conducting surveys of invasive populations, and the treating areas of greatest concern.
When invasive plants habitat in ecosystems they were recently introduced, native vegetation can be disrupted, which often damages the habitat. Invasive species can result in loss of habitat, increased rate of erosion, reduce biodiversity, and pose human health risks.
This funding that was announced this week tops up $735,000 that had already been allocated by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations to deal with invasive plant control and management through 2015 and 2016.