Local governments in the Comox Valley have once again joined forces to bust invasive knotweed and giant hogweed. Both plants are considered alien invasive species in BC, and if left unchecked can wreak havoc on our local ecosystems and diminish property values. Giant hogweed can also lead to third degree burns when in contact with skin, due to its clear phototoxic sap.
The successful regional “Knot On My Property” program, first launched in 2013, includes each local government in the Comox Valley: the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, Village of Cumberland, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), and is in partnership with the Coastal Invasive Species Committee (Coastal ISC). The goals of the program are to verify all knotweed and giant hogweed reports within these jurisdictions and to provide the reported sites to professionals to conduct treatments on select sites.
Local residents in CVRD’s electoral areas can benefit from subsidized treatments by select spot application this summer, while treatments in Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland, previously focused only on public lands, now offer treatments on both public and private lands as of 2017.
Coastal ISC appreciates the cooperation of all residents in addressing knotweed and giant hogweed. Reporting knotweed and giant hogweed is very important in controlling these priority invasive plants in the region. The Coastal Invasive Species Committee is asking the public to report sightings of knotweed and giant hogweed until the end of July by email or calling 250-871-5117 in the Comox Valley; toll free on Vancouver Island 1-844-298-2532.
For more information about invasive species management in Cumberland, view our Invasive Species page.Search again