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: PRRD 1-800-670-7773; Weed Report

Destroy Daisy Campaign

The PRRD is putting daisies on notice for the 2018 season.  Scentless chamomile and oxeye daisy are plagues to the agriculture community within our region.  If you come across these invasive plants Pull-Bag-Toss.  Pull the plants by hand, bag the plants in clear bags, and toss for free in one of the local landfills.  Together, we can DESTROY DAISIES!

For full information on the Destroy Daisy campaign, check it out at:

Destroy Daisy 

Good Neighbour Program

Invasive plants pose a significant threat to the ecological, social, and economic values of the Peace River Regional District (PRRD). As invasive plants do not respect property boundaries and a more integrated approach is required, the Neighbourhood Invasive Plant Cost Share Program has been adopted to encourage and support invasive plant management efforts on privately owned, occupied, and managed lands with the PRRD and its neighbouring Municipalities.  The hope is that a coordinated approach across both public and private lands will lead to greater success in the battle against invasive plants in the PRRD.

The PRRD Invasive Plant Program is proud to be able to offer a unique program for residential private lands within the PRRD. The NIPCSP will assist land owners, holders, and managers by providing the guidance, resources, and in some cases, financial support necessary to manage priority invasive plants on private lands.  However, this program is not intended to fund property owners’ ongoing obligation to control invasive plants as required under the Provincial Weed Act.

Modeled after successful programs implemented throughout the province of BC, the NIPCSP provides four unique program options to support private landowners, occupiers, and managers.

For more information on the programs and, if eligible, to register for the program, please see the following link:


Important Links

Invasive Plant Organizations


Helpful Resources

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


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


Targeted Invasive Plant Solutions (TIPS)

Road Maintenance Contractors

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


The Targeted Invasive Plant Solutions (TIPS


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