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Abstract of TERP Project #5-5

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Invasion of British Columbia's grasslands

Author(s): Leung, Corrie
Imprint: Vancouver, B.C. : Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society--BC Chapter, 2002
Subject: Restoration Ecology, British Columbia, Grassland ecology, Weeds, Forest Investment Account (FIA)
Series: Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration Program Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program


Parks are often considered to be ‘benchmarks’, or reference ecosystems for restoration work on private and public lands. However, ecosystems in parks are affected by management regimes and influences from outside park boundaries. Many parks in grassland and open forest ecosystems are suffering invasion by various exotic plant species. Left unchecked, this threatens not only the park’s ecological integrity, but also their role as reference ecosystem. CPAWS developed a guide for volunteers and community groups to address weeds, particularly in park areas. The purpose of this guide is to raise awareness of the threat of invasive plant species in BC's grassland ecosystems and the need to restore these areas to viable systems. This guide explores different methods of controlling the spread of invasive plants and provides a brief summary for community groups who want to start restoration projects. Different community initiatives around the province are featured.
Project Name: Invasive Species in Grasslands Protected Areas, #5-5
Project Proponent: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC)
Key Words: grassland restoration, exotic species, noxious weeds, public education

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