||Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|FIA Project 6615013
||Invasive Plant Strategy|
|Project lead: Fraser TSA Cooperative Association|
|Author: Barsanti, Jason|
|Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia|
|Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program|
|Initial research indicates that invasive plant species occur throughout the Chilliwack Forest District but the heaviest concentration is found in the Fraser Valley. Several papers have ranked the infestation in the Chilliwack Forest District as “moderate” (Polster 2002, Voller 2007).|
This indicates that land managers are at an advantageous position. Initiating a coordinated strategy at this point will be effective for preventing a further spread of invasive plants and reducing or eliminating problem areas that currently exist. Organizing a committee to oversee invasive plant management in the Chilliwack Forest District is an important starting point. When all parties are on the same page the effort will be more effective. Understanding and using the current tools available, such as the Invasive and Alien Plant Program (discussed here) will aid coordination of invasive plant management activities. Conducting public education and outreach will also be a beneficial initiative to halt the spread of invasives at their source, when this preventative action is working, controlling the actual infestation will be more effective.
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