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Part 2 is all about you

Hikers

Gardeners

Common problem plants

Scotch broom, giant hogweed, knotweeds, Himalayan blackberries, holly, ivy, burdock.

Canada and Scotch thistle, bachelor’s buttons, baby’s breath, Queen Anne’s lace, yellow archangel.

Why they’re a problem

Can be toxic to animals and impair wildlife movement. Crowds out native species.

Crowds out wild forage grasses and impacts agricultural yields.

How to avoid spreading invasives

Clean your gear before and after hiking; don’t transport firewood; stay on the trails.

Don’t buy non-native plants that self-seed; use certified, weed-free soil, mulch, and gravel.

Learn more about invasives so you can do more

Use the BC Invasives Play Clean Go campaign: www. bcinvasives.ca/resources/ programs/play-clean-go/

Use the BC Invasives PlantWise program, online and as an app: www. bcinvasives.ca/resources/ programs/plant-wise

Use the free provincial reporting app. Find it at www.reportaweedbc.ca.

Clip heads before they seed. Dispose of any invasives cleanly in the garbage. Do not compost or dump them.

What to do if you see an invasive species

Visit the Regional District’s Booth at the Powell River Home + Garden Show

• Learn more about what you can do to help fight invasives and about the Regional District’s collaborative Invasive Plant Management Strategy

• Visit with Regional District Planners to learn about land use and development in the rural areas of our region

• Sign up to our Emergency Notification System to ensure that you receive important emergency messages

• Sign up to ensure you never miss your City curbside collection day again and to receive recycling depot notifications and waste reduction tips

In last month’s issue, the Powell River Regional District showed how local governments are addressing Invasive Plant issues in the region.

are damaging wildlife habitat, impacting farming, and threatening human and animal health.

But we can’t fight invasives alone; we need your help.

We’re asking everyone who gardens and spends time in the woods to be especially conscientious this year.

Scotch broom, giant hogweed and knotweeds (pictured left) are just a few invasives that

Visit www.bcinvasives.ca for more information about impacts and initiatives.

Powell River’s forests & farms need your help Bust that Broom! Come out and participate in the Powell River Fire Rescue First Annual Broombuster Day. 11:30 am, Saturday, April 22 at the #1 Firehall.

202 - 4675 Marine Avenue Powell River, BC V8A 2L2 604-485-2260 administration@powellriverrd.bc.ca

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