Noxious Weeds and Invasive Plants

What are Noxious Weeds?
Noxious weeds, also called invasive plants, are non‑native plant species that invade our ecosystems and out-compete local plants and cultivated crops for water, nutrients and light. Highly adaptable and difficult to control, these invasive plants grow aggressively without the insect predators and plant diseases that kept them in check in their native habitats.

Identifying Noxious and Invasive Weeds
You can check out the Noxious Weeds of the North Okanagan brochure (3.5MB PDF) for colour photos and descriptions of noxious and invasive weeds. The brochure is also available at the District of Coldstream office.

Impacts of Invasive Plants

  • Rapidly displace native plant species that provide habitat for wildlife, and food for people and livestock.
  • Pose a threat to rare ecosystems.
  • Increase the frequency of wildfires and reduce survival rates of native species following fire.
  • Along waterways, may result in erosion, sedimentation and loss of aquatic habitat.

Regional Noxious Weed Program
The goal of the Regional District of North Okanagan’s (RDNO) Noxious Weed Program is to:

  • Prevent the introduction of new species of noxious weeds and invasive plants.
  • Reduce the spread of existing noxious weed infestations to minimize the impacts on lands within the North Okanagan.
  • Provide education to raise public awareness of the impacts of invasive plants.
  • Assist in the coordination of control efforts of agencies and individuals.
  • Provide management advice to North Okanagan residents.

What You Can Do
The Weed Control Act of BC imposes a duty on landowners to control noxious weeds. Without widespread cooperation and a commitment by individuals to address the problem, the efforts of weed programs such as the RDNO's can only have limited success. Please do your part by learning more about invasive plants and get actively involved, for the sake of our environment and economy. Together, we can make a difference!

How to Contact
For enquiries to the RDNO Noxious Weed Program, please contact:

John Friesen, RPF
Weed Control Officer
Phone 250-550-3749
Fax 250-550-3701