Richmond seeks public help to combat invasive species
02 May 2016
The City of Richmond is taking full advantage of Invasive Species Action Month in May to educate the public on the over two-dozen invasive plants and animals that have been detected in Richmond.
“Our goal is to help people become aware of what these particular invasive species are and why they are hazardous for many reasons including human health, ecological, infrastructure and recreation,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Early detection, then monitoring and managing strategies are important, as well as working collaboratively on action plans with community members and other jurisdictions. All residents can play a role in stopping the spread of destructive invasive species.”
A display at City Hall (in the Galleria, 6911 No. 3 Road) will feature a new theme each week beginning Monday, May 2:
- May 2: Don’t let it loose
- May 9: Invasive plants – on land (terrestrial)
- May 16: Invasive insects
- May 23: Invasive plants – in water (aquatic)
As well, on display will be the City’s recently adopted Invasive Species Action Plan and materials from the Invasive Species Council of B.C.
The invasive species that Richmond is giving priority focus on include Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, European Fire Ants, European Chafer Beetle and Parrot’s Feather (an aquatic plant). The City is hosting two workshops on European Chafer Beetle Lawn Care, Saturday May 7 and Saturday, June 11. On Saturday, May 14 at the Public Works Open House event, City staff will promote invasive species awareness and give away native plants to promote sustainable gardening. For more information call 604-276-4398.
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.htm
To report suspected invasive plant or animal species please call 604-276-4316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.