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 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
GREEN WASTE RECYCLING
The following invasive species are not accepted as part of the SCRD's green waste recycling program. For more information about what is accepted and the drop-off locations, click here.
- Leafy Spurge
- Giant Hogweed – accepted as garbage at the Sechelt Landfill (must be secured in clear bags); garbage tipping fee applies
- Scotch Broom - accepted as garbage at the Sechelt Landfill (must be secured in clear bags; no flowers or seed pods); garbage tipping fee applies
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.