B.C. grants $1.6 million to fight invasive plants

The provincial government’s is recently announced funding of over $1.6 million in new grants to control the spread of invasive plants

The provincial government’s is recently announced funding of over $1.6 million in  new grants to control the spread of invasive plants includes a grant to the Okanagan Similkameen Invasive Species Society that is $2,500 less than what the society received last year.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced Friday, May 9 that 29 grants are being given to local governments, regional invasive  species committees and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. to assist  their activities and support the objectives of the provincial Invasive  Plant Program. This funding is in addition to the $809,000 already  earmarked by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource  Operations for invasive plant control and management in 2014-15.

The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen will be receiving $15,000, similar to last year’s funding. Doug French, Public Works Manager for the regional district said the RDOS works in conjunction with OASISS to distribute invasive species funding throughout the regional district.

The Okanagan Similkameen Invasive Species Society was granted $63,300.

Lisa Scott, Okanagan Similkameen Invasive Plant Society Coordinator said the organization will be focusing on the following strategies in the Lower Similkameen:

– monitoring and treatment of puncturevine (not applying the MFLNRO funds however)

– surveys and treatment of other target species including (but not necessarily limited to): hoary alyssum, common bugloss, leafy spurge, sulphur cinquefoil

– releases of biological control agents (natural insect enemies)

– distribution of extension materials

– articles in local paper

– assistance to private landowners (plant ID, technical advice), upon request

– attendance at community events

 

– presentations to schools and local groups, upon request

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COLUMN: Is parliament essential?

We need time to dig into the books and ensure that taxpayers are being respected

Three arrests on guns, drug charges after shots fired in Oliver

Two men from Penticton involved in arrests at Oliver home with assault rifles and drugs

Heads up, it’s fawning season in Penticton

Baby deer seen frolicking through downtown Penticton Wednesday afternoon

Penticton RCMP express concern over allowing public drinking

RCMP said they expressed their concern to the city but will do their best ensure safety

WATCH: North Okanagan golf cart stolen, then returned

Homeowners have footage of two men taking the cart and then bringing it back

Police watchdog investigating fatal crash in Kelowna

Kelowna RCMP received a report of a single-vehicle collision on Bulman Road near Highway 97 on June 1

Kelowna council greenlights ‘The Wedge’

The wedge-shaped building will be built at the corner of Leon Avenue and Water Street

Vehicle stolen in Revelstoke recovered near Salmon Arm after occupants suffer overdoses

Police say they were alerted to the vehicle after occupants treated by ambulance after drug use

Province looks to seize Kelowna home owned by alleged drug trafficker

Michelle Collins and Nigel Byrne were also recently investigated by Kelowna RCMP for drug trafficking

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Highway 1 closed after body found near Hope

Coroners Service reportedly on the scene, highway has been closed for 10 hours in both directions

Feds get failing grade for lack of action plan on anniversary of MMIWG report

‘Instead of a National Action Plan, we have been left with a Lack-of-Action Plan’

Most Read