The City of Campbell River recognizes that the spread of invasive plant species is a serious threat to biodiversity world-wide, second only to habitat loss. This matters because biodiversity loss and the resulting imbalance in nature have wide ranging environmental, social and economic effects, and if left uncontrolled can have serious local impacts in the City’s parks, public spaces, environmentally sensitive areas, and private lots. Management of invasive plant species is identified as a priority action in the SCR Framework: Campbell River’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, For more information on the City's role in managing invasive species, please see the City's Invasive Species Policy, and the Invasive Plant Management Plan and the Weed Control frequently asked questions document.
Currently in Campbell River, invasive plants are removed through community volunteer efforts by groups such as Greenways Land Trust, Communities in Bloom, the Rotarians, school groups, mental health programs, and other volunteers, with support from the City. In addition to Scotch broom some of the other more prominent species removed include: blackberry, yellow flag-iris, knotweed, yellow lamium, ivy, giant hogweed and holly, among others. Of particular concern are those invasive species that are also classed as noxious weeds under the provincial Weed Control Act, which imposes a duty for every owner/occupier of land in BC to control noxious weeds found on their property that are listed in the Regulation.
Knotweed, Yellow Flag Iris and giant hogweed are noxious weeds that are currently in early stages of control in Campbell River, but require further attention under the Act. The City is working with Greenways Land Trust and the Coastal Invasive Species Committee on a focused Integrated Pest Management approach to address invasive plant species in environmentally sensitive areas. Other ways the City is working to control the spread of invasive plants includes efforts to manage yard waste and address illegal dumping. The control of invasive plants is also addressed in the City’s General Development Permit Guidelines.