The first question some people ask when they hear the RDEK has an invasive plant program, is "what is an invasive plant?" For many people, they think of knapweed when they think of invasive plants. While knapweed is one of the more commonly recognized invasive plant in our region, there are actually hundreds of invasive plant species in Canada, including a number of aquatic species.
An invasive species is defined as "an organism (plant, animal, fungus, or bacterium) that is not native and has negative effects on our economy, our environment, or our health. Not all introduced species are invasive. Invasive plants and animals are the second greatest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss."
All landowners/occupiers in the Province of British Columbia have a legal responsibility to control provincially and regionally listed Noxious Weeds. The BC Weed Control Act and Regulations legislate this. The RDEK's invasive plant program focuses on assisting private landowners with dealing with these species on their properties.
Neighbourhood Invasive Plan Program
The RDEK has developed the Neighbourhood Invasive Plant Program (NIPP) to provide landowners/occupiers with the guidance, resources and in some cases financial support to manage priority invasive plant on private lands. However, this program is not intended to fund property owners’ ongoing obligation to control invasive plant as required under the provincial Weed Control Act.
The NIPP provides five unique program options to support private landowners/occupiers including:
1) Sprayer Loan Out* - Backpack sprayers are loaned out to treat priority invasive plant species on private land. A $100 cash damage deposit (fully refundable) is required for use of equipment. Landowners/occupiers are responsible for the purchase and application of herbicide. This service is offered annually to all applicants.
2) New Invader Rebate* - Landowners/occupiers who have new invasive plant species as identified on the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council’s (EKISC) Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) list can apply to be reimbursed 100% of the treatment costs incurred from a licensed herbicide applicator or from the purchase of herbicide. This rebate is offered for the initial year of treatment.
3) Cost Share Rebate* - Landowners/occupiers that have priority invasive plant species can apply to be reimbursed 50% of the treatment costs incurred from a licensed herbicide applicator up to a maximum of $500. This rebate is offered to new applicants for the initial year of treatment.
4) Herbicide Rebate* - Landowners/occupiers can apply to be reimbursed 50% of herbicide purchase, up to a maximum of $500, provided priority invasive plant species are being treated. This rebate is offered to new applicants for the initial year of treatment.
5) Guidance/Resources - All landowners/occupiers are eligible to receive a free on-site inspection and invasive plant management plan. Printed materials are also provided. This service is offered annually to all applicants (subject to the RDEK Recreation and Control Services Supervisors’ availability).
*See Priority Invasive Plant Species and EDRR Lists at http://ekisc.com/
Please note the following NIPP conditions and limitations:
• You own, occupy or manage a parcel of private land.
• You have completed the application form.
• You do not have the ability to ‘write off’ Cost Share or Herbicide Rebate treatment costs for tax purposes.
• You have priority invasive plant species as identified by the RDEK and EKISC.
• Only one Cost Share or Herbicide Rebate per new applicant.
• New Invader and Cost Share Rebate herbicide treatments must be completed by a licensed herbicide applicator.
• All rebates require a site visit (subject to the RDEK Recreation and Control Services Supervisors’ availability).
• All rebates require approval before work is initiated. If approved, successful applicants will have 60 days from the approval date to complete treatment and must provide the following documents for reimbursement.
o Photocopy of licensed herbicide applicator invoice or herbicide receipt
o Map showing treatment area (hand drawn acceptable)
o Herbicide treatment information sheet (completed and provided by licensed herbicide applicator).
WHY SUCH A PROGRAM?
Invasive plants pose a significant threat to the ecological, social, and economic values of the East Kootenay Region. For several years, EKISC has worked on behalf of several BC provincial government ministries to conduct invasive plant management on Crown Land in the East Kootenay.
However, Invasive plants do not respect jurisdictions and a more integrated approach across both Crown and private lands was needed. The NIPP has been specifically designed to encourage and support invasive plant management efforts on privately owned and occupied lands. The hope is that a coordinated approach across both public and private lands will lead to greater success in the ‘war against weeds’ in the East Kootenay.
WHO & WHAT IS ELIGIBLE?
The NIPP is available to private landowners/occupiers within the RDEK. However, in order to qualify for the various NIPP program options, private land must contain priority invasive plants species or EDRR species as determined by the RDEK and EKISC (see http://ekisc.com/ for a full list).
WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM BEGIN?
The program begins on May 1st annually, with a continuous intake of applications until October 1 or until funding has been depleted.
HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
The RDEK funds and administers the program. Funding may vary annually.
HOW DO I APPLY?
We welcome your efforts to manage and control invasive plants on privately owned and occupied lands.
If you are interested in the applying for the various NIPP options, please fill out the electronic form and you can also request a form from RDEK staff.
Please submit application forms via email, mail, fax or in person to:
Neighbourhood Invasive Plant Program (NIPP)
c/o Regional District of East Kootenay
19-24th Avenue South
Cranbrook, BC V1C 3H8
Office Hours are 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday
To learn more about this important legislation and the corresponding regulations, click on the links below:
Some other helpful links include:
For more information about the RDEK's Invasive Plant Program contact:
Jamie Davies, Recreation & Control Services Supervisor
RDEK Cranbrook Office
Tel: (250) 489-2791
Fax: (250) 489-3498
Last edited: Tue, March 14, 2017 - 7:57:00