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The Environmental Services Department is responsible for administering the Regional District's Invasive Plant Management Program, the goals of which are to provide public education and assistance in the control of invasive plant species.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is a member of the Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC). Since 2005, invasive plant control has been conducted using a "single agency approach". Various organizations, including the RDBN, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Forests, BC Transmission Corporation and others, contribute funding to the NWIPC. The contributed monies are pooled and then distributed in a coordinated fashion to achieve on the ground control of invasive plants and public education.

Invasive plants are plant species that have the potential to pose undesirable or detrimental impacts on people, animals or ecosystems. Invasive plants can establish quickly and easily on disturbed or undisturbed sites and cause widespread negative economic, social and environmental impacts. The best way to stop the spread of invasive plants is prevention. This can be done by learning to recognize and identify invasive plants as well as removing weeds and their seeds from vehicles, equipment, clothing and foot-wear, livestock and pets before leaving an infested area. The top "unwanted" invasive plant species in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako are:

NWIPC

Invasive Species Council of BC 

NWIPC Landowner Rebate Program

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Orange Hawkweed
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Common Tansy
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Himalayan Balsam
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Field Scabious
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Mountain Bluet

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Leafy Spurge

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Marsh Plume Thistle

If you see a plant that looks 'out of place' and have concerns about, please contact the Northwest Invasive Plant Council Weed Hotline, at 1-866-44WEEDS (1-866-449-3337).

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