Richmond raises awareness of Invasive Species Action Month
29 April 2019
Invasive Species Action Month takes place this May across B.C. For the fifth year, the City of Richmond will be hosting a month-long series of workshops and events to educate the public on how to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful invasive plants.
“By educating and building awareness around invasive species in our community, we can help reduce the risk of introduction and further spread of invasive species through early detection,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Invasive species not only disrupt Richmond’s local ecology but in some cases they can threaten our vital flood protection infrastructure. With staff continuing to apply promising new techniques to manage and monitor these species, awareness amongst our citizens will only bolster our ability to combat these problematic invaders.”
A display in the Galleria at City Hall (6911 No. 3 Road) will feature a new invasive species each week beginning Wednesday, May 1:
- Week 1 (May 1-10): European chafer beetle & healthy lawn care tips
- Week 2 (May 13-17): Knotweed species
- Week 3 (May 20-24): Parrot’s feather
- Week 4 (May 27-31): Brazilian elodea
The weekly displays will provide information on each species and showcase what the City is doing to combat them as well as suitable alternative plants that will support local pollinators and combat the destructive spread of invasive species. Staff will be at the event from 11:00 a.m., to noon daily to answer any questions.
Through the City’s Invasive Species Action Plan, eight invasive species are a priority due to their risk to health and safety, infrastructure and the environment. Species include Brazilian elodea, common reed, Eurasian milfoil, European and impressive fire ant, giant hogweed, knotweed species, parrot’s feather, and wild chervil.
On Saturday, May 11, at the Engineering and Public Works Open House, City staff will promote invasive species awareness and give away native plants to encourage sustainable gardening. The City is also hosting a free workshop on European chafer beetle lawn care on Saturday, June 1. For more information, contact 604-276-4316.
For more information on invasive species in Richmond and to download a PDF of the Action Plan, visit www.richmond.ca/sustainability/environment/pesticides/invasivespecies.
For more information on Invasive Species Month in BC, visit www.bcinvasivesmonth.com.
To report suspected invasive plant or animal species, contact 604-276-4316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.