RICHMOND – The provincial government is providing $37,000 to help control the spread of invasive plants in Richmond and area.

The recipients include:

  • City of Richmond – $7,000
  • Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver – $30,000 (for a variety of Metro Vancouver communities including Richmond).

These are two of 31 grants, totalling $1,727,000, that are being distributed throughout the province in 2016 to local governments, regional invasive species committees and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. This funding will assist with these groups’ ongoing activities and also support the objectives of the provincial Invasive Plant Program.

“Invasive plants can cause tremendous harm to our environment and the people who enjoy it,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “These grants will help these recipients continue to monitor and address any concerns.”

“We’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the province,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “These grants will help us combat invasive species and keep our community healthy and thriving for years to come.”

“It’s so important that we protect our lands and waters, not only for our enjoyment today but for the use of future generations as well,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “Thank you to the City of Richmond and Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver for their work they are doing in our communities.”

The grants will be used to help raise public awareness of invasive plant concerns, survey invasive plant populations and actively treat high-priority sites to control the spread of these destructive plants.

Invasive plants are species that have been introduced into British Columbia from other areas. They displace native vegetation and can cause considerable economic and environmental damage. Some pose a health risk to people (e.g. skin irritation). Invasive plants can also disrupt natural ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops.

This funding is in addition to the $935,000 already allocated by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations for invasive plant control and management in 2016-17.

Quick Facts:

  • The provincial Invasive Plant Program identifies sites where new invasive plant species have been found and responds rapidly to contain and eradicate them before they become established and start spreading.
  • Currently, some of the targeted invasive plant species in B.C. are marsh plume thistle, European common reed, garlic mustard, knotweed, Spartina, orange and yellow (non-native) hawkweeds, knapweed, giant hogweed, blueweed, common tansy, tansy ragwort, hoary alyssum, field scabious, leafy spurge, purple loosestrife, yellow flag iris, Himalayan balsam and Scotch broom.

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