Provincial funding given to control invasive plants

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has received $14,500 from the province to help control the spread of invasive plants.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has received $14,500 from the province to help control the spread of invasive plants.

The funding, presented on Friday, is one of 29 grants totalling $1.702 million distributed provincewide.

“Invasive species can be extremely harmful to local ecosystems,” MLA Dan Ashton said.

“By preventing new invasive species and controlling ones that already exist, we can limit their impact and start to restore our natural environment.”

The money will be used for activities such as raising awareness of invasive plants, surveying invasive plant populations and treating high-priority sites to control the spread of invasive plants.

“Our government is committed to conserving habitat, supporting British Columbia’s ranching and agriculture industries, and restricting the spread of harmful non-native species in British Columbia,” said Steve Thomson, provincial Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

“These Invasive Plant Program grants help local governments and regional organizations identify incursions of invasive plants and treat them effectively to limit any damage they may cause in the future.”