PENTICTON – The provincial government is providing $78,300 to help control the spread of invasive plants announced Penticton MLA Dan Ashton.
The funding will be invested in activities such as raising public awareness of invasive plants, surveying invasive plant populations and actively treating high-priority sites to control their spread. The Okanagan Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) will receive $63,300 and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will receive $15,000.
Invasive plants are species that have been introduced into B.C. from other areas. They displace our native vegetation and can cause considerable economic and environmental damage, and some pose a health risk to people. Invasive plants may disrupt natural ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops.
The grant to the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is two of 29, totalling $1.6 million, which are being distributed province-wide to local governments, regional invasive species committees and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. to assist with their activities and support the objectives of the provincial Invasive Plant Program.
The Invasive Plant Program identifies sites where invasive plant species have been found and responds rapidly to contain and eradicate them before they become established and start spreading.
This funding is in addition to the $809,000 already earmarked by the provincial government for invasive plant control and management in the fiscal 2014-15 year.
- Invasive Alien Plant Program: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hra/plants/index.htm
- Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hra/invasive-species/index.htm
- Invasive Species Council of British Columbia: http://www.bcinvasives.ca