Invasive Plants

“Got Weeds?” Be ‘Plantwise’

Our Environment

Invasive plants (also termed ‘noxious weeds’) bring harm to our environment by altering habitats and disrupting essential ecosystem functions.

Our Economy

Once established, invasive plants can be costly to manage, if not impossible to eradicate – prevention is key!

Our Communities

Once established, invasive plants can:

  • Endanger public health and safety by increasing hay fever allergies and by having toxic properties harming humans, pets, livestock, and wildlife.
  • Out-compete native vegetation and destroy natural habitats.
  • Reduce agriculture forage yields and hay quality.
  • Increase wildfire hazards and interfere with regeneration of forests.
  • Decrease land values and impact recreation areas.
  • Accelerate soil erosion and cause stream sedimentation with negative impacts to water quality.

Ways you can help

1. Get involved with local efforts and know your high priority invasive plants.
2. Be ‘PlantWise’ and know what you grow.  Avoid purchasing, growing, or trading unknown invasive plants.  Replace with non-invasive alternatives.
3. Deadhead (clip off) flowers, seedpods, and berries of known invasive plants to prevent reproduction through seed spread by birds, wildlife, pets, and people.
4. Use wildflower seed mixes with caution, as many contain invasive plant seeds.  Read the label and check if they are desirable for your location.
5. Avoid picking plants along roadsides, gravel pits, or other disturbed areas.  Many wildflowers are aggressive invasive plants.
6. Clean recreation vehicles before and after entering in a new area.
7. Properly dispose of yard, garden, and hanging basket waste into a compost pile or facility.  Do not compost invasive plants with seeds; instead, dispose at a local landfill or incineration facility.
8. Prior to purchasing seed, ask for a seed analysis report to verify additional seeds that may be present.
8. Report invasive species brochure: PRRD 1-800-670-7773; Weed Report

Important Links

Invasive Plant Organizations

Legislation

Helpful Resources

There are many different publications available from your local PRRD Invasive Plant Program Manager.  For specific resources available, please call (250)784-3227 or email kari.bondaroff@prrd.bc.ca

Agriculture

Check the Certificate of Seed Analysis to ensure your seedlot is free of noxious weeds and invasive plants, check the SEED Check Technologies Inc.

Oil and Gas

One-hour and two-hour presentations

Horticulture

Targeted Invasive Plant Solutions (TIPS)

Road Maintenance Contractors

The Ministry of Transportation’s Best Practices Guidebook 
Targeted Invasive Plant Solutions (TIPS)

Forestry

The Targeted Invasive Plant Solutions (TIPS

Aboriginal

Aboriginal Community Toolkit 
Aboriginal People & Invasive Plants – Bob Drinkwater
Aboriginal Partnerships – Merci Hillis
Native Nursery – Keefer Ecological