Invasive Species month: Have you seen this plant?

Learn how to spot Scotch Broom

Invasive plants and animals are a growing concern globally. The introduction or spread of invasive species threatens B.C.’s environment, the economy and society, including human health. In order to encourage public awareness and positive action against invasive species across the province, May has been officially proclaimed Invasive Species Action Month by the B.C. government. If action is taken, invasions can be prevented before they happen, and infestations can be controlled or eliminated, thus reducing their harmful impacts.

I Spy in the Sea to Sky…
Something to look for along the highway
Something that launches its seeds up to five metres away!

Scotch Broom is an invasive species in the Sea to Sky that is in full flower this time of year. Its abundant bright yellow pea-like flowers, large bushy appearance and woody stems make it easy to spot along the highway between Lions Bay and Squamish.
Scotch Broom grows rapidly in disturbed soil and produces up to 3,500 seed pods, which split open and launch the seeds up to five metres away. It also spreads through transport of soil and machinery contaminated with seed.
Allowing Scotch Broom to spread increases wildfire fuel loads, obstructs sightlines along roads, limits movement of wildlife and displaces native plant species. Scotch Broom has not spread throughout the northern portion of the
Sea to Sky, and it can be
kept out!

If you spot it north of Squamish, report it to the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council at 604-698-8334 or by emailing ssinvasives@gmail.com.

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