Chapter 11 - Weed Containment & Control
Weeds are plants that interfere with management objectives for a given area of land at a particular time.
Noxious weeds are defined and listed in the Weed Control Act and designated by the Weed Control Regulation. Noxious weeds are listed in Tables 1 and 2 of Appendix A. Noxious weeds are typically difficult to control, have significant impacts on forage for livestock and wildlife, and threaten the biodiversity of native plant communities and forest regeneration.
The provincial Weed Control Act requires all occupants of land in British Columbia to control noxious weeds. The Ministry of Forests is considered to be an "occupier" of Crown land for application of the Weed Control Act.
Weeds can be a problem for many people and industries, including:
private land owners
A weed plan determines Ministry of Forests action on containing, controlling or eradicating noxious weeds.
Activities directed toward containment, control or eradication of noxious weeds are governed by legislation and carried out through the use of a weed plan. Noxious weed:
control seeks to reduce populations and/or the vigour of individuals
containment stops or minimizes population growth and geographic spread
eradication is the elimination of populations and is generally beyond the limits of what is achievable.