The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has recently partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Natural Resource Operations and the Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands to develop a South Coastal Mainland Multi Agency Pest Management Plan (PMP), which requires a 30 day public consultation period. The consultation period commenced on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 and will continue until March 7, 2011. The Pest Management Plan will be advertised in newspapers throughout the Lower Mainland, including the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Squamish and Sunshine Coast Regional Districts. First Nations in the plan area will also be consulted.
The Area covered by this Pest Management Plan is referred to as the ‘South Coastal Mainland’ and includes all Provincial Crown land within the Regional Districts of Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, the southwest half of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (inclusive of Squamish but not including Lillooet) and the lower portion of the Sunshine Coast Regional District (i.e. the Sechelt peninsula). As you may know, this is the last remaining portion of British Columbia that does not have a Pest Management Plan in place. The proposed plan outlines a coordinated and strategic approach to the management of invasive plants in our region, and if approved, will provide land managers with additional tools for the treatment of invasive plants in the South Coastal Mainland.
Anyone wishing to contribute information about a proposed treatment site, relevant to the development of the Pest Management Plan , may send copies of the information to the applicant, during the consultation period at the following address:
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
South Coast Region
7818 – Sixth Street, Burnaby, B.C., V3N 4N8
Copies of the Proposed PMP and Backgrounder are available online at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/invasiveplant/
Please feel free to contact SSISC with any general concerns, however keep in mind that all comments or concerns regarding the PMP must be directed to Amber Smith (as above) for proper documentation.