PRRD receives $144,000 from BC to fight invasive plants

The Peace River Regional District will receive a $144,000 grant over three years from the BC government to fight invasive plants.

The three year grant is a new way of doing things, as the grants were previously awarded on a year-to-year basis.

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“These grants will help local governments and organizations protect the environment and minimize the damage that invasive plants have on communities and land-based industries, such as agriculture and ranching,” said Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson. “This funding is a crucial investment in their future and their economic success.

“Once invasive species become established, they can spread rapidly, and seriously disrupt BC’s ecosystems if left unchecked.”

Invasive plants targeted by the BC program include: flowering rush, Spartina species, knotweeds, marsh plume thistle, common tansy, European common reed, wild chervil, garlic mustard, poison hemlock, spotted knapweed, Anchusa, orange and yellow (non-native) hawkweeds, giant hogweed, blueweed, tansy ragwort, hoary alyssum, field scabious, leafy spurge, yellow flag iris, sulphur cinquefoil and Scotch broom.

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