(PQB News file photo)

(PQB News file photo)

Managing invasive plants a priority for City of Parksville in summer of 2022

City continues work with Coastal Invasive Species Committee

Because invasive plant species continue to be a concern for the City of Parksville, work continues with the Coastal Invasive Species Committee (Coastal ISC) to manage priority invasive plants in city parks and on public property.

Working with municipalities, regional districts and First Nations on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast, Coastal ISC provides services to manage invasive alien species and raise awareness about their impact and how to manage them.

Throughout the summer and fall, crews will manage invasive plants in city parks and public spaces to help contain the spread, according to a news release by the city.

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Here is a list of locations where management will occur, with specific dates to be determined later:

Shelley Creek Park – Community weed pull, four days during week of June 20, weather dependent. Management of yellow archangel, English ivy, holly and daphne/spurge-laurel. To volunteer, please contact friendsofshellycreekpark@gmail.com;

Highway 19A – One day during week of June 20, weather dependent. Treatment to Gorse;

Foster Park and Renz Road – One day in late August. Management of Himalayan blackberry, broom, yellow archangel and daphne;

Sutherland Place Park – Six days in October. Management of English ivy.

Work continues with the program to contain Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed. If you know of locations of these plants within the City of Parksville, please contact the Coastal ISC regional hotline at 1-844-298-2532.

To help eradicate some usual suspect species, the Invasive Species Council of BC has created a guide, Grow Me Instead, to inform gardening enthusiasts about horticulture’s most “unwanted” invasive plants in B.C., while providing a variety of native and exotic plant alternatives found to be non-invasive across the province.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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