Awarded to the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council (now known as the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council) to prevent the establishment of new invasive plant species, control existing noxious and priority species and, where possible, eradicate noxious and priority invasive plants on private lands in the Columbia Valley using an integrated approach.

PROPONENT: East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council (now the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council)

DESCRIPTION: The Neighbourhood Invasive Plant Program (NIPP) РColumbia Valley was a multi-year project that was funded by the Local Conservation Fund for seven years.  This program was administered under the umbrella of the NIPP, offered region-wide. This initiative operated through a partnership between the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council (EKISC) and the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK).

OBJECTIVE: The intent of the NIPP was to increase awareness of invasive plants amongst private landowners and to support increased control efforts on private lands in the East Kootenay.  The NIPP was modelled after programs implemented in other jurisdictions and sought to provide guidance, resources and financial support necessary to manage invasive plants on private lands through four unique program streams: 1) free sprayer loan out; 2) new invader rebate; 3) cost sharing rebate; 4) herbicide rebate. The project included increasing awareness by landowners of invasive plants and supporting these landowners to address invasive plants through resources, equipment and financial support.

LEARN MORE: https://www.ekisc.com/nipp