The BC Government is providing a total of $232,000 to two local organizations to help manage invasive plants in the Cariboo region.
Gail Wallin is the executive director of the Invasive Species Council of BC.
“I think it’s great. It’s actually part of a $1.8 million announcement for partners across British Columbia so having this funding in the Cariboo is really important. There’s a lot of concern about invasive plants, particularly from people who are concerned about our grasslands, our protected areas, our parks.”
The money to the Cariboo Regional District ($229,000) and Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee ($3,000) will be used to help raise public awareness of plant concerns, survey invasive plant populations and actively treat high-priority sites to control their spread.
“For sure across the Cariboo, the knapweeds are a common issue; they’ve been a historic issue for us. The hawkweeds, oxeye daisies those are species of concern,” says Wallin.
“We’ve also had in the Central Cariboo area sort of an emerging concern with species like the knotweed that can actually grow through your pavement.”