>> KIM KAISER Outreach Coordinator for the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
Stunning cedar-hemlock forests, pristine alpine areas and wondrous wetlands, the Revelstoke region provides diverse environments that are home to an array of native plants and animals. Yet some plants and animals that have been introduced from other parts of the world can have a negative effect on our native biodiversity. Not only can these introduced species displace native species, some may also impact local infrastructure, including homes. Here’s a look at three invasive plant species that have taken root in Revelstoke:
Invades riverbanks and wetland areas, causes erosion, spreads its seeds far and wide.
Home owners used to intentionally plant knotweed in their garden before the damaging consequences were known; nowadays it can move uninvited into your yard, put roots through the foundation of your house and refuse to leave.
Blueweed Reduces biodiversity, creates monocultures, and is inedible to wildlife. Often found hiding in wildflower seed mixes!