Invasive Species/Knotweed

Knotweed was introduced from Asia as an ornamental plant, and is considered among the world’s most tenacious invasive plants. To learn how to identify Knotweed and how to eradicate it, please refer to the fact sheet under Local Resources.

Invasive species pose a threat to our environment, health, safety and economy. As a result, they are rapidly are gaining global recognition as a serious problem.

Local Resources
Sunshine Coast Regional District – Invasive Species

The SCRD’ Invasive Species web page is an excellent resource for Sunshine Coast residents who are seeking more information about local invasive species.

Information on this page includes:

  • a current list of priority invasive plants for the Sunshine Coast;
  • a list of which invasive species are and are not accepted at the local Green Waste Depots;
  • tips for getting professional help with the removal of invasive species; and
  • links to many other trusted resources, including an excellent fact sheet on Knotweed, and the Invasive Species Council of BC website.

To report invasive species sites on the Sunshine Coast go to: www.reportaweedbc.ca

Invasive Species Technical Group (ISTWG)

In January 2015, the Sunshine Coast Regional District Board endorsed the establishment of the Invasive Species Technical Working Group (ISTWG).

The purpose of the ISTWG is to provide a collaborative approach to invasive species management on the Sunshine Coast, raise awareness of the need to manage invasive species, and to bring together different levels of government, First Nations, and stakeholders with unique mandates and different jurisdictions on the Sunshine Coast. Members of the ISTWG include representatives from the SCRD, shíshálh Nation, Town of Gibsons, District of Sechelt, Coastal Invasive Species Committee, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Bylaw No. 1281, 2020

The Town is required to manage noxious weeds as a land manager under the BC Weed Control Act, and is given the power to enforce the BC Weed Control Act by creating bylaws under the Community Charter.

The Town of Gibsons’ Council is currently considering the introduction of a bylaw to regulate the effective management of invasive plants, particularly the Knotweed species.

The new bylaw would require control of the invasive plant within 30 days of being notified, or not less than 14 days if the weed is a risk to human safety or at a stage of growth that will cause significant spread (i.e. about to go to seed.)

In the event of non-compliance, the bylaw would give the Town the authority to commence and follow through with the treatment required to fully effect the complete control/removal at the owner’s expense.

Read related Staff Report June-24-2020 here.