Invasive species focus of government funding

The provincial government is providing $34,400 to RDNO and $10,000 to CSRD

The fight against invasive plants is getting a financial boost.

The provincial government is providing $34,400 to the Regional District of North Okanagan to help control the spread of invasive plants and $10,000 to the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District.

“Educating the public about invasive species is an important component of this program,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

“It will also promote a better understanding of how to deal with invasive species.”

Invasive plants are species that have been introduced into B.C. from other areas. They displace native vegetation and can cause considerable economic and environmental damage.

Invasive plants can disrupt natural ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops.

The provincial government is also providing $14,000 to the Columbia-Shuswap Invasive Species Society.

“Invasive plants are a growing concern in our region and across B.C.,” said Greg Kyllo, Shuswap MLA.

“Their damage is long lasting and extremely harmful to local ecosystems. We need to ensure they are no longer a threat in our area.”