Partnership with NWIPC Renewed

The District of Kitimat has renewed its partnership for a sixth year with the Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC). Early this spring NWIPC hired contractor Spectrum Resources Group Inc. to treat and attempt to eradicate invasive plants in Kitimat.

The areas being treated include municipal or provincial crown land that has been identified as having an invasive species. If the contractor becomes aware of private land requiring treatment the contractor will seek the owner's permission before treating such a site. If the private owner does not want treatment the contractor will provide the owner with information about the particular invasive species identified.

The NWIPC has posted more information on various invasive plant species web at http://www.nwipc.org/index.php. Financial assistance for dealing with invasive plant species on private property may be available through the NWIPC.  For more information and to speak with a representative of the NWIPC call 1-866-44WEEDS (1-866-449-3337).
 

Other important information is available on the District of Kitimat's Northwest Invasive Plant Council page, or for further reading:

  • Invasive Plants: Increasing awareness of noxious and invasive weeds that compete with native plants for water & nutrients. Learn how to protect the habitats of North Central BC "Be Wise About Weeds"
  • Weeds - Stop Garden Escapees: Please stop these garden escapees. Have you seen any these four plants? Help us prevent these four plants from taking over gardens and green spaces, and threatening native species.

Six plant species in Kitimat are being targeted

 
1.  Scotch Broom

Treatment: Cut to ground level and inject or hand spray the stump. The stump will be injected or sprayed with VP480 Herbicide. Signs will advise the area has been sprayed with a herbicide (noting the herbicide) and include date spraying took place. The herbicide is active for 14 days.

scotch broom scotch broom

2.  Japanese Knotweed

Treatment: Within the townsite, herbicide will be injected directly into the plant. Japanese Knotweed sites outside the townsite will also be injected, unless spread over a wide area, i.e. up a logging road in high grass. Wide areas will be hand sprayed with backpack sprayer and signage will be posted. Signs will advise the area has been sprayed with a herbicide (noting the herbicide) and include date spraying took place. The herbicide is active for 14 days.

japanese knotweed japanese knotweed

3.  Burdock

Treatment: Within the townsite plants will be removed and the ground will be hand sprayed with a spray bottle. The plant's root area will be treated with VP480 Herbicide and signage will be posted. Burdock sites outside the townsite will also have the plants removed and the ground will be hand sprayed. If the plants are spread over a wide area, i.e., up a logging road in high grass the area will be sprayed with a backpack sprayer and signage will be posted. Signs will advise the area has been sprayed with a herbicide (noting the herbicide) and include date spraying took place. The herbicide is active for 14 days.

burdock burdock

4.  Himalayan Balsam

Treatment: The plant is pulled prior to flowering; herbicide is not applied. The plant and root ball of plant come out of the ground easily as one unit.

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5.  Mountain Bluet

Treatment: Plants will be removed and the ground will be hand sprayed with a spray bottle. The area where the plant's root was removed will be treated withVP480 Herbicide. Mountain Bluet sites outside the town site will also have the plants removed and the ground will be hand sprayed. If plants are spread over a wide area, i.e., up a logging road in high grass the area will be sprayed with a back pack sprayer and signage will be posted. Signs will advise the area has been sprayed with a herbicide (noting the herbicide) and include date spraying took place. The herbicide is active for 14 days.

mountain bluet mountain bluet

6. Common Comfrey

Treatment: Within the townsite plants will be removed and the ground will be hand sprayed with a spray bottle. The plant's root area will be treated with VP480 Herbicide and signage will be posted. Comfrey sites outside the townsite will also have the plants removed and the ground will be hand sprayed. If the plants are spread over a wide area, i.e., up a logging road in high grass the area will be sprayed with a backpack sprayer and signage will be posted. Signs will advise the area has been sprayed with a herbicide (noting the herbicide) and include date spraying took place. The herbicide is active for 14 days.

common comfrey common comfrey

Herbicide Information

The herbicide labels and MSDS form for the herbicide that is being applied in the District of Kitimat, VP480 can be accessed at the following website: http://www.ivmexperts.ca/products/

The Northwest Invasive Plant Council operates a program called the “Land Owner Weed Removal Rebate”. Landowners incurring a cost to control invasive weeds on their private land may be eligible for a 50% reimbursement to a maximum of $500 (excluding contractor travel costs). The rebate fund is limited and qualified applicants are approved on a first-come, first-served basis.  A rebate will only be given once per year for each applicant and/or treatment area and only after NWIPC receives confirmation of payment to the contractor. You must not be receiving money from any other funding program for weed control on your private land in order to qualify.  For more information on the “Land Owner Weed Removal Rebate” please visit the Northwest Invasive Plant Council website at: http://nwipc.org/files/public/.

If you need require more information please call the Leisure Services Department at 250-632-8910.