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Parks, Recreation, & Culture » healthy landscapes, healthy living » Noxious Weeds & Invasive Plants

Stopping the Spread

We can all have a part in stopping the spread of plants that can be harmful to people, animals, and our delicate ecosystems. Preventing the initial establishment and spread of invasive plants is the most effective method of invasive plant control. Although wind, water, domestic and wild animals can disperse invasive plant parts and seeds, human activity is generally found to be the primary cause of invasive plant introductions and/or spread.

Ways of preventing the spread of invasive plants:

  • Find out which non-native species can invade natural areas and avoid planting them in your garden. Check out the Grow Me Instead Snapshot Brochure that illustrates unwanted plants and recommends alternatives.
  • Be cautious of ordering plant seeds over the Internet or through catalogues. Introducing foreign seeds and plants are a key way that invasive plants found their way to our community.
  • Be wary of wildflower mixes as many contain invasive species.
  • Grow regionally native plants in your garden - for more information contact the Native Plant Society of British Columbia at www.npsbc.ca.
  • Never dump garden waste or hanging baskets into natural areas.
  • If you see invasive plants in your yard, contain them within your property to prevent them from spreading to other properties in the neighbourhood.
  • Control weeds that grow under bird feeders. Often seeds in bird feeders fall out and begin to grow on the ground beneath, introducing foreign and invasive plants to our environment.

All existing populations of invasive plants on City of Kamloops owned / leased property may not necessarily be treated by the City. In some cases existing populations may be prevented from expanding beyond a defined containment boundary, whereas other populations may be too extensive to effectively treat except on extremely high value sites. Generally, the focus of treatments is on invasive plants that are expanding into new areas.

The City of Kamloops is committed to the principles and practices of integrated pest management for its invasive plant management program.

Contact
Karla Hoffman, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
955 Concordia Way
Kamloops, BC V2C 6V3
ph (250) 828-3888
email khoffman@kamloops.ca

Note: All correspondence is entered into our system and will be directed accordingly. The City of Kamloops will endeavor to contact you within two business days. Thank you.

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