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 are 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.
To view the final ISTWG Terms of Reference adopted by the SCRD Board on July 23, 2015, click here.
The ISTWG meets quarterly. Meeting notes can be viewed below:
The SCRD Board considered the Invasive Species Technical Working Group Annual Report at the February 18, 2016 Planning and Development Committee Meeting. The report can be viewed here.
On May 16, 2016, to coincide with BC Proclaimed Invasive Species Action Month, the Invasive Species Technical Working Group hosted a community event to increase awareness and inspire community action in invasive plant management. Approximately 50 community members attended. A summary report was prepared for the Planning and Development Committee. The presentation by Jennifer Grenz, Plant Scientist and PhD student, is a useful resource.
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.
HOW DO I MANAGE INVASIVE PLANTS ON MY PROPERTY?
The Weed Control Act of BC imposes a duty on occupiers of land to control noxious weeds, but without wide-spread cooperation and a commitment by individuals to address the problem, the efforts of the SCRD can only have limited success.
Please do your part by learning more about invasive plants and get actively involved, for the sake of our environment and economy. Together, we can make a difference!
CURRENT LIST OF PRIORITY INVASIVE PLANTS FOR THE SUNSHINE COAST
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.
- Coastal Invasive Species Committee
- Invasive Species Council of BC
- Weed Control Act
- Weed Control Regulation
- Grow Me Instead
- Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resourse Operations Invasive Plant Program
Other Invasive Species
Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), is a new fruit fly pest of soft fruit and berries, which was first identified in British Columbia in 2009. It is now widespread in Coastal and Interior fruit growing areas of B.C., with an abundant presence in Powell River.
For more information on Non-Native and Invasive Pests, visit the Ministry of Agriculture's website
European Fire Ant, Myrmica rubra, was first recorded in BC in 2010 and has since been confirmed in several isolated locations in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Chilliwack, Victoria and Courtenay. See the information sheet for details on how to identify and manage this invasive species.