North Cowichan gets $7,000 to help fight unwanted plant invaders

The Municipality of North Cowichan will have a little help in tackling invaders like Scotch broom and tansy ragwort.

North Cowichan is one of 29 communities to receive grants from the provincial government it was announced last week. The municipality will receive $7,000.

Invasive species are a problem because they displace native plants, can cause significant economic and environmental damage and some plants are actually poisonous to animals and humans.

Giant hogweed can even cause burns on the skin when touched.

"Invasive plants can disrupt natural ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops," the province said in its press release.