Spraying away invaders

Invasive plant control work has begun in the boundaries of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

The treatment program is done annually by the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society under a contract from the provincial government, running from June until September.

The RDOS said herbicides will be sprayed in select areas onto invasive plants — including leafy spurge, blueweed, hoary alyssum, rush skeletonweed, puncturevine, longspine sandbur, knapweed and other species.

All areas sprayed will be identified with signs saying when the treatment was done, the target species and the herbicide used, the RDOS said. A list of highways and other roads where spraying is planned is also available at the regional district office.

"Organic producers that wish to discuss the possibility of a no-spray area adjacent to their property will need to commit to manual removal of the invasive plants of concern," the RDOS added.

Those with questions or seeking more information are asked to contact OASISS at 250-404-0115 or at [email protected]

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