Making Space For Restoration: Farmland Advantage Starts Invasive Species Research Project

July 26, 2019

One of the biggest challenges any restoration project faces is the presence of invasive plant species on or near the site. From Himalayan Blackberry to Reed Canary Grass, invasive plants can make re-establishment of desired tree and shrubs almost impossible. For farmers trying to enhance riparian areas on their property, invasive plants can get in the way of proactive efforts by outcompeting planted desirable seedlings. To better support farmers' restoration activities, Farmland Advantage recently gathered a group of scientists and agricultural experts together to discuss strategies for treating invasive plants in riparian areas.

In February of 2019 Farmland Advantage and experts from University of British Columbia, Ministry of Agriculture and Kwantlen Polytechnic University met This meeting was an opportunity to review invasive species treatment strategies, particularly in relation to farmland and agricultural activities. As a result of this gathering, a research project was initiated. The goal of the project? To research multiple invasive plant control methods, identifying which method is more effective for enabling the establishment of planted seedlings.

The research project began in July 2019 and will run for 2 years. Since it began, research sites have been established on farmland located in the Richmond and the Kootenays. At each site, three different treatments are being tested on the invasive plant infestations. Early results look promising.

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Pegging out lots for invasive plant control research