There are several ways that you can get involved in invasive plant control. Most importantly, educate yourself about plants and solutions, report (1-866-449-3337) invasive plants found in your community and area, and participate in our Landowner Weed Removal Rebate Program.
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- Learn to identify invasive plants
- Report infestations to weed control organizations. Report Weeds
- Become a NWIPC Member by subscribing to our newsletter
- Participate in Community Weed Pulls and other Funded Projects
- Participate in the NWIPC’s Landowner Weed Removal Rebate Program
- Prevent infesting new areas - remove weeds and their seeds from equipment, vehicle undercarriages, clothing, livestock and pets prior to leaving an infested area
- Pull isolated or new patches of weeds
- Dispose of plants and seeds in a sealed plastic bag
- Share this information with friends and neighbours
- Adopt an area where volunteers control weeds - organize or participate in a Community Weed Pull
- Educate children about invasive weeds
Concerning Horticulture and Recreation…
- Do not plant “wild flower” seed mixes that contain noxious or invasive weed seeds (e.g. oxeye daisy)
- Do not plant invasive species in your garden; if already present, remove and dispose appropriately
- Be aware that dried flower arrangements containing any noxious weeds can spread seeds to new areas - dispose of properly
- Obey posted signs and keep to established roads and trails - vehicle and bicycle tires can disturb soil providing an ideal seedbed for weeds to grow
- Keep recreation equipment clean and weed free - PlayCleanGo
- Clean Drain Dry all boats and equipment to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and organisms to BC waters
Concerning Agriculture and Industry…
- Check hay bales for invasive weeds before purchasing and transporting
- Practice sound range management to maintain a healthy plant community that is more resistant to weed invasion
- Plant “certified” seed to reduce introduction of invasive species
- Keep high-traffic areas around cattleguards, gates, irrigation ditches and livestock facilities free of weeds to reduce spread to new areas
- Wash soil and plant material from heavy machinery before transporting to new locations
- Reseed all sites disturbed by machinery and industrial equipment to prevent the establishment of new weeds
- Use certifed "Weed Free" straw in reclamation
- Vacant or undeveloped land should actively be managed to prevent weeds from establishing
Landowner Weed Removal Rebate Program
The NWIPC conducts a program to encourage private landowners to control invasive plants on their property. In the Landowner Weed Removal Rebate Program, the NWIPC will reimburse eligible landowners for 50% of invasive plant treatment costs up to a maximum of $500.00 (contractor travel costs are excluded)
In order to qualify for the reimbursement for weed control on private land the landowner must perform the following:
- The landowner must hire a certified pesticide applicator with a valid service license to provide invasive plant treatment recommendations and a cost estimate. A list of potential service providers is provided by NWIPC with the application. The cost must be within industry standards.
- Complete and submit the Landowner Weed Removal Rebate application form.
- You will receive a letter from NWIPC advising you of the acceptance of your application and confirmation of reimbursement.
- Complete and submit the Rebate Request Form to NWIPC once the treatment is completed. Remember to include a copy of the applicator’s day sheet, treatment area maps, applicator certificate number and expiry date, and service license number and expiry date to the NWIPC Field Coordinator.
- The annual deadline for rebate requests will be November 15th.
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