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Invasive Species Management

INVASIVE SPECIES TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP

In January 2015, the SCRD Board endorsed the establishment of the Invasive Species Technical Working Group (ISTWG). The purpose of the ISTWG is to provide a collaborative approach to invasive species management on the Sunshine Coast, raise awareness of the need to manage invasive species, and to bring together different levels of government, First Nations, and stakeholders with unique mandates and different jurisdictions on the Sunshine Coast.

Members of the ISTWG include representatives from the SCRD, shíshálh Nation, Town of Gibsons, District of Sechelt, Coastal Invasive Species Committee, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Vancouver Coastal Health. The ISTWG meets quarterly.

Invasive Plants

Invasive plants are spreading along the Sunshine Coast. Whether grown as ornamentals or along road corridors, invasive plants have established themselves on the Sunshine Coast. The SCRD would like to prevent the introduction of new species of invasive plants, and to reduce the spread of existing infestations to minimize the impacts on lands within the Sunshine Coast

On Janaury 22, 2015, the SCRD Board adopted a revised "Pesticide Use and Invasive Species Management Policy". To view the SCRD Board policy please click here.

CURRENT LIST OF PRIORITY INVASIVE PLANTS FOR THE SUNSHINE COAST

Knotweeds - Best Practices Guide for Knotweeds

Giant Hogweed

Scotch Broom

Others:

Gorse

English Ivy

Himalayn Blackberry

Lamium

TIPS FOR GETTING PROFESSIONAL HELP

If you have an infestation of invasive plants on your property, professional help may be the only way to get a handle on it. A qualified and experienced contractor will be able to advise you on a variety of techniques based on your particular site and situation.

Keep in mind that dealing with invasive plants requires persistance! A small patch of Knotweed, for example, requires a few rounds of treatment, possibly over a few years, before it is eradicated.

Search the yellow pages for 'Landscape Contractors'. Here are some questions to ask when shopping around for a contractor:

  • Do you have experience dealing with invasive plants, particularly Knotweed?
  • What methods do you use?
  • Do you have the appropriate license and permits to apply herbicide? If so, what kind of herbicide might you use ahnd what do I need to be aware of?
  • What is your disposal plan for any plant parts, to prevent further spread?
  • Does your price include monitoring or follow-up visits?

Report A Weed

To report new infestations of priority invasive plants, use the Report-A-Weed online tools.

The Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) Map can show you the reported sites of invasive plants in BC.

Additional Resources