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Weeding out invasive plants

September 9, 2016 11:55 A.M.
Spotted knapweed, one of 20 priority invasive plants in the region.

A $1.16-million job creation partnership is putting people to work weeding out invasive plants and species in the southern Interior.

The year-long Invasive Species Skills Development Program, a joint effort by the province and the B.C. Invasive Species Council, is underway in the Kamloops, Vernon, 100 Mile House, Revelstoke and Williams Lake regions. The 15 participants will survey and then remediate invasive species populations, and also work to raise public awareness of the issue with various groups and at community events.

The three-person team assigned to each of these five communities will focus on the invasive species present in that specific area, gaining skills in conducting field inventories, surveying, plant identification, data recording, data management and communications. Participants receive Level 1 first aid certification as well as training in pesticide application and use of integrated control methods.

This project runs until April 2017, when participants will have completed all of their planned activities, including more than 150 presentations to local organizations and schools. They will also prepare a report on management activities related to 20 priority invasive plants and species at 250 different sites.

With primary funding from the province, more than 40 agencies have contributed in-kind professional support, including at least 10 local and First Nations governments.

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