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Invasive Plant Council gets a helping hand

Invasive plants are silently invading spaces and landscapes around our communities.

The majority of invasive plants are spread by people who don’t realize the large economic losses they create each year, nor the impact on our natural ecosystems. By working together across boundaries, the Take Action program will provide employment that will reduce the losses to our local areas.

The key focus for Take Action teams is to work with local community members to stop the introduction of new species to the area.

In Canada, over 60 per cent of invasive plants are often introduced by people who are not aware of the impacts of “hidden travelers? on boats and tires or within bird seed and wildflower mixes.

Many of BC’s most “unwanted” invasive plants were actually intentionally planted to beautify backyards or city parks and are today’s invasive headaches.

Take Action teams will be placed in communities to identify and remove priority invasive plants before they become established.

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