$144,000 in weed patrol funds announced for PRRD

The PRRD has more tools in the battle against noxious weeds. 

The fight against invasive plants in the Peace Region is getting a $144,000 boost from the province.

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The Peace River Regional District will receive the funding over three years instead of one lump sum, the province announced May 2.

“Our government is committed to containing or eradicating harmful invasive plants that adversely affect both rural and urban communities,” said Doug Donaldson, minister of forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development.

“The introduction of multi-year grants will help recipients develop effective, long-term plans to manage invasive plants at the regional level.”

A plant is considered invasive if it is not native to the area, and has been introduced from areas outside of the province. The regional district says these plants alter habitats and disrupt essential ecosystem functions, and are costly to manage.

Residents who spot an invasive plant can call the regional district at 250-784-3227 or at 1-800-670-7773. Residents are also asked to collect a good sample with roots, leaves and flowers, press it in a book, scan into a computer, and email it to invasiveplants@prrd.bc.ca.

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