Invasive Plant Brochure details TNRD programs

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has now made available a new Invasive Plant brochure

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has now made available a new Invasive Plant brochure explaining assistance program offerings for rural landowners.

The brochure will be available online at tnrd.ca, at all TNRD refuse sites and offices, as well as at the Southern Interior Weed Management Committee offices in Kamloops.

“Working together is critical to stop the spread of invasive plants,” said Ken Gillis, Electoral Area “L” (Grasslands) Director and Chair of the Invasive Plant Committee. “These non-native and aggressive plants cause serious damage to our natural ecosystems and cost thousands of dollars in treatment.”

A new way to report invasive plants is through the Report-A-Weed website (reportaweed.bc), which allows residents to report weeds either directly to the website or through a free downloadable app.

The new Invasive Plant brochure includes information about biocontrol agents, which are now available for select weeds free of charge by calling the Southern Interior Weed Management Committee at 250.819.1699.

Biocontrol insects are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Landowners are also reminded that disposal of invasive plants is free when using specially marked disposal bags. These bags are now available at all operating TNRD refuse sites with supplies limited to five bags per request.

The TNRD would like to thank Gord’s Maytag, which generously donated a working fridge to support insect collection and storage.

The TNRD covers 11 municipalities (Ashcroft, Barriere, Cache Creek, Chase, Clearwater, Clinton, Kamloops, Logan Lake, Lytton, Merritt and Sun Peaks) and 10 Electoral Areas – “A” (Wells Gray Country), “B” (Thompson Headwaters), “E” (Bonaparte Plateau), “I” (Blue Sky Country), “J” (Copper Desert Country), “L” (Grasslands), “M” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – North), “N” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – South), “O” (Lower North Thompson) and “P” (Rivers and the Peaks).