... any non-native plant species that has the capacity to negatively impact animals, humans, and ecosystems. They are generally free of the natural predators that keep them in-check in their native habitats; and therefore have a competitive edge over desirable and/or native vegetation.
The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) is strongly committed to operating an invasive plant management program to protect our range and timber lands for the economic and environmental benefit of all British Columbians.
The following activities are undertaken by the Cariboo Regional District within its mandate:
- Coordinating and cooperating with other organizations, both public and private, to ensure that effective and acceptable invasive plant control measures are carried out;
- Conducting on-the-ground treatments of invasive plants chemically, biologically, mechanically, or culturally;
- Providing a Landowner Assistance Program to assist landowner's in controlling invasive plants on their private propery;
- Undertaking public education initiatives aimed at raising awareness about invasive plants and the problem they create;
- Enforcing the CRD's Invasive Plant Management Regulation Bylaw No. 4949; and,
- Maintaining a GIS-based mapping system relative to areas infested with invasive plants.
Each invasive plant species and infestation is unique; and so too, should be the approach you take in management. Developing a successful management plan to control any invasive plant problem involves employing integrated pest management concepts; combining activities focussed on prevention, observation, and intervention. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like more detailed information regarding the management of invasive plants please contact the Cariboo Regional District’s Invasive Plant Management Program. You can also refer to the Invasive Plants page for more information and photographs of some of the invasive plants in our area. In general though you can certainly make a difference if you:
- Learn to identify invasive plants and their impacts.
- Know what you grow and avoid planting aggressive or known invasive species; grow appropriate non-invasive alternatives; and dispose of waste appropriately at your local landfill or compost if appropriate for that species.
- Minimize soil disturbance and retain desirable vegetation during activities.
- Stay on established trails and roads.
- Maintain and restore ecosystem health to increase native plant community resilience against unwanted invaders.
- Re-vegetate disturbed areas with regionally appropriate (e.g. native), non-invasive, non-persistent seed mixtures or plants.
- Clean equipment, vehicles, recreational gear, pets, and clothes and dispose of plant seeds and plant parts accordingly.
- Control invasive plants prior to flowering or seed development using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques.
- Take advantage of the Cariboo Regional District’s Landowner Assistance Program in controlling invasive plants.
- Use and purchase only clean materials, such as soil, gravel, and hay.
- Report invasive plant infestations to the Cariboo Regional District’s Invasive Plant Management Program, 1.800.665.1636.
- Contribute to local efforts by contacting the Cariboo Regional District’s Invasive Plant Management Program 1.800.665.1636.