Community weed pull puts invasive species on notice

Want to learn about invasive plant species in your area while improving Radium's natural habitats? Join the Radium Community Weed Pull on August 22.

Weeds can be invasive and harmful to other plant life.

RADIUM — Want to learn about invasive plant species in your area while improving Radium’s natural habitats? Join the Radium Community Weed Pull on August 22.

The purpose of this event is to remove the invasive plants so that the native plant ecology can be restored.

Invasive species are considered to be the second largest threat to biodiversity worldwide, second only to habitat loss. These species are introduced deliberately or unintentionally to a foreign environment where they have the potential to flourish and spread due to the absence of their natural enemies.

This allows them to out-compete native plants and agricultural crops for space, moisture, and nutrients.

Invasive plants can destroy wildlife habitats, degrade the scenic beauty of the landscape, disrupt recreational activities, ruin agricultural areas, reduce biodiversity, and degrade water quality.

Invasive plant species in the Radium area include spotted knapweed, blueweed, orange hawkweed and the common tansy.

By attending the Radium Community Weed Pull, you can make a positive and direct contribution to preserving the beautiful landscapes that you enjoy.

This weed pull event will teach participants how to identify invasive plant species so that they may be removed before they spread and threaten natural habitats.

Meet on Forsters Landing Road, just past the Mill on the north side of the road before it intersects with the Columbia Wetlands.

The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and gloves, bags and snacks will be provided.

For more information, please contact Rachel Davill at 250-344-4961.

This event is sponsored by Wildsight, the Columbia Basin Trust and the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners.

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