Sponsors: Cariboo Regional District
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS noxious weeds pose a grave threat to the health of the range lands in BC and consequently to their capacity to maintain the native flora and wildlife as well as their capacity to offer grazing to domestic animals;
AND WHEREAS neither the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, nor the regional districts have the funding or the personnel necessary to adequately control these weeds; however, ranchers are familiar with their ranges and monitor them continuously:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Government of BC to do everything possible to assist the ranching community in controlling noxious weeds, including but not limited to simplifying provincial requirements, assisting with the cost of obtaining the pesticide applicator’s certificate, and tailoring the course material and timing to agriculture.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership considered a similar resolution submitted by the same sponsor in 2012. Resolution 2012-B127 asked the provincial government to enlist the aid of the ranching community to control noxious weeds. The resolution was not endorsed.
For the 2013 resolution, the sponsor has amended the enactment clause to ask that the provincial government do as much as possible to assist the ranching community in controlling noxious weeds through a variety of measures.
UBCM members have consistently endorsed resolutions requesting provincial funding and assistance to combat invasive plant species. In particular, the UBCM membership has requested that the provincial government fully implement and fund the “Invasive Plant Strategy for British Columbia” developed by the Fraser Basin Council (2004-B72; 2003-B81), as well as commit resources for combating invasive plant species (2005-B25; 2007-B30; 2007-B31).