Wanted: for crimes against native ecosystems

Those pretty weeds blooming on your property might look innocuous, but they could be particularly harmful to Pemberton farms if they’re not controlled.

The Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council (SSISC), along with the Pemberton Farmer’s Institute and the Pemberton Seed Potato Growers Association, have identified the five worst weeds that affect farmers in the area.

Anna Helmer suggested tackling them, in her post last week.

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Carrie Charron, vice president of the Pemberton Farmer’s Institute, said those weeds — and many others — can have a devastating impact on local farms. “One person can tackle their property and eradicate it there, but it’s a collective effort that needs to be taken care of before it becomes a more widespread problem,” Charron said. “We’re just really, really hopeful people will take the time to learn about noxious weeds and invasive species and make some effort in their everyday life to help them from coming into the area.”Report invasive species sightings to ssinvasives@gmail.com or call 604-698-8334.

– See more at: http://www.whistlerquestion.com/news/pemberton/campaign-to-educate-pembertonians-about-the-five-worst-weeds-for-farmers-1.2026525#sthash.wk8wKJwZ.DejoKiD3.dpuf

This plant was the inspiration for Velcro. It hosts powdery mildew and root rot, which can harm many Pemberton crops. It causes milk to become tainted if grazed. It’s extremely large leaves crowd out the forage grasses in pastures. It is Pemberton’s #2 Worst Weed. Can you guess what it is?!?

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