Local governments in the Comox Valley (the Town of Comox, the City of Courtenay, the Village of Cumberland, and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD)) have once again joined forces with the Coastal Invasive Species Committee (Coastal ISC) to bust invasive Knotweed and Giant Hogweed. Both plants are considered alien invasive species in BC and if left unchecked can wreak havoc on our local ecosystems and diminish property values. And in the case of giant hogweed, can lead to third degree burns when in contact with skin, due to its clear phototoxic sap.

Local residents in CVRD’s electoral areas can benefit from subsidized treatments by select spot application this summer. Help us be on the lookout for invasive species so we can stop the spread of these noxious weeds.

Coastal ISC appreciates the cooperation of all residents in addressing Knotweed and Giant Hogweed. Reporting Knotweed and Giant Hogweed is very important in controlling these priority invasive plants in the region. The Coastal Invasive Species Committee is asking the public to report sightings of these noxious weeds by:

  • email info@coastalisc.com or
  • calling 250-871-5117 in the Comox Valley; toll free on Vancouver Island 1-844-298-2532.

To find more information please go to our website www.coastalisc.com.

Amy Firth

Program Coordinator, Coastal Invasive Species Committee