EKISC - East Kootenay Invasive Species Council

Do Your Part!

 Do Your Part

People are the biggest spreaders of Invasive Plants and Aquatic Invasive Species. The following list suggests a few of the things that you can do to help prevent the spread and establishment of these species. Together we can make a difference!

  1. Learn to Recognize and Identify Invasive Plants & Aquatic Invasive Species: Awareness is the first step in combating the problem.
  2. Prevent New Areas from Becoming Infested: Remove Invasive Plants and their seeds from vehicles, clothing, livestock and pets prior to leaving an infested area.
  3. Know what you grow: Don’t cultivate Invasive Plants in your garden, grow native species instead.
  4. Be a Good Steward to Your Land: Graze livestock responsibly, seed soil disturbances, control existing infestations and prevent new ones from starting.Do Your Part-2
  5. Clean, Dry and Inspect: Boat hulls, props, bilge tanks, fishing tackle, waders and footwear regularly for Aquatic Invasive Species.
  6. Become an Educated Consumer: Purchase weed-free forage and certified ‘clean’ seed only, do not buy exotic horticultural plant varieties.
  7. Dispose of Invasive Plants Responsibly: Collect in heavy plastic bags and dispose in the household waste bins at the nearest landfill or transfer station.  Do not compost, burn in open piles or transport unsecured.
  8. Teach others: Educate your family, friends and neighbours about Invasive Plants & Aquatic Invasive Species.
  9. Be a Spotter: Record and report Invasive Plants and Aquatic Invasive Species.  This information is critical in helping to control these species across the region.
  10. Organize a weed pull: Get the community to pull together for a common goal.
  11. Become a Member of EKISC: Join the council, volunteer, attend events and get involved!

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