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Targeting invasive species

A Shuswap Trail Alliance crew member removes bull thistle, a common invasive plant in the region, from the trails around White Lake. - File photo
A Shuswap Trail Alliance crew member removes bull thistle, a common invasive plant in the region, from the trails around White Lake.
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Invasive species threaten our environment and economy.

These species include plants that spread quickly, reduce native biodiversity and can be harmful to human and animal health.

The Shuswap Trail Alliance and the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society are partnering to protect local trails. The two recently partnered with White Lake Stewards and the Invasive Species Council of BC, to do invasive species removal along the White Lake trails. As well, the trail crew learned to identify some common invasive species such as burdock, bull thistle, hoary allysum and St. John’s wort.

“The partnership with Shuswap Trail Alliance and other local groups will make a huge difference in removal of these invaders,” says CSISS Education and Outreach Officer Robyn Hooper.

“Some of the priority invasive species in our region include: yellow flag iris, Himalayan Orchid/Policeman’s Helmet; and various knotweed species.”

What can you do to prevent the spread of invasive species?

Learn more about what’s invasive in your backyard and how to stop their spread on:

• The CSISS website at www.columbiashuswapinvasives.org; or

• Properly clean your recreational equipment and boots to prevent seed-spread;

• Organize a community weed pull in your area, with support from CSISS.

For more information or to book a presentation, contact outreach@columbiashuswapinvasives.org.

 

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