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Invasive Species

Invasive species are an ecological and economic threat to a resource-based economy like British Columbia's. Langford's economy is not based upon resource extraction, but that does not mean that invasive species are not a hazard to our citizens, pets, and local wildlife.

Invasive plants, such as the giant hogweed for example, can be toxic to the touch for both humans and animals. This particular plant can cause severe skin rashes and even blindness if exposed to a victim's eyes.

The City of Langford is actively removing invasive species on two fronts. First, aquatic invasive weeds from Glen, Langford and Florence Lakes are removed by a Weed Harvesting machine during the summer months with the approval of the Ministry of the Environment. As well, the City assists residents who voluntarily remove broom throughout the City by arranging free pick up of the harvested materials for disposal. At this time, the City of Langford has no formal policies or procedures regarding other invasive species and does not remove them from private property. Residents are respectfully asked to take responsibility for clearing invasive species from their property to prevent the spread of the species to neighbouring environments.

Although the City does not remove invasive species, we refer residents to two very informative websites. Both sites are operated by BC non-profit groups who compile information on invasive species and provide education to local and provincial governments and individuals.

Coastal Invasive Plant Committee (CIPC) is a Vancouver Island-centric non-profit group that educates, informs, and provides solutions regarding invasive species in the region. CIPC will not remove invasive species. Instead the committee operates as a resource for individuals to take action by providing contacts for qualified contractors.

Invasive Plant Council of BC is a province-wide non-profit organization that educates people and other organizations about invasive species, funds research into prevention, and initiates and supports actions that improve the health of BC's natural ecosystems. The Invasive Plant Council of BC does not remove invasive species but provides the resources and knowledge to do so.

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