Victoria antes up cash to fight invasive plants
The Southern Interior Weed Management Committee has received $84,000 in funding from the provincial government to help treat high-risk invasive plant species and sites on Crown land, conduct surveys of new occurrences, do an inventory of marsh plume thistle and monitor treatment efficacy.
“Some of these plants look nice but that is very deceptive,” said Kamloops-North Thompson Liberal MLA Terry Lake.
“In many cases, they are poisonous.
“Add to that the devastating impact they have on local plants and the need to act becomes clear.”
Invasive plants harm the environment by crowding out native plants, altering ecosystems and creating an increased wildfire hazard; affecting human health by causing skin irritation, blisters, scarring and severe breathing problems; and harming the economy by impacting property and crop values and increasing costs associated with treating infestations on rangelands, gardens, parks or along roadsides.