In an effort to combat alien invaders, the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) has partnered with the Capital Regional District’s Environmental Services Regional Invasive Species Program to launch an invasive species speaker series. Paige Erickson-McGee, Stewardship Coordinator for HAT, will be presenting easy-to-do techniques to manage and control invasive plants, and how to support nature in our backyards with native plants.
Bothered by blackberry, broom or ivy? These pesky plants are just some examples of the invasive species which inhabit Southern Vancouver Island.
What are invasive species? Invasive species are any non-native organism that cause economic or environmental harm and can spread quickly to new areas as they have few natural controls to keep their populations in check. Alien, exotic, ornamental, non-native are terms used to describe plants that are not native to an area, but not necessarily invasive.
Why should I remove invasive plants? Many invasive plant species are detrimental to our local environment, society and economy, and some may even pose a threat to human and animal health. When you remove invasive plants from your land, you prevent the spread of invasive plants and make a positive impact in your community.
“By learning how to manage invasive plants effectively, residents can become better stewards of nature and help improve habitat for local wildlife” said Paige Erickson-McGee, Stewardship Coordinator at Habitat Acquisition Trust. “Although these plants may not appear threatening in an urban garden, they can spread seed great distances with the help of wind, birds, other wildlife, and even pets from park to park.”
Unfortunately, some invaders continue to be sold at garden centres. Leaders in the horticulture industry have been working with governments and invasive species organizations to reduce or eliminate sale of invasive plants.
“You can help by not purchasing them,” says Paige. “Instead, request native plants or non-invasive garden ornamentals from your local nursery or garden centre, it’s that easy.”
Wednesday February 26 7:00pm, View Royal Garden Club, Esquimalt United Church @ 500 Admirals Road. - Entry by Donation