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Weeding through the options: policy alternatives to address invasive plants on In-SHUCK-ch territory

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Invasive plants invade ecosystems and displace native plants, significantly threatening the environment. In-SHUCK-ch First Nation has an interest in protecting the ecological integrity of the traditional lands and resources that are fundamental to its culture. This study examines strategic options and best practices for First Nations to address invasive plant management in their jurisdiction. Methodology includes a survey of In-SHUCK-ch membership, and interviews with experts, representatives from provincial and regional jurisdictions, and First Nations’ staff. Findings indicate a range of best practices including conducting inventories, establishing priorities based on impact and ability to control, and prevention and control strategies. Four policy approaches are evaluated based on criteria of effectiveness, budget, administrative capacity, and community acceptability. This study recommends that in the short-term In-SHUCK-ch Nation implement an education program to increase members’ awareness and incorporate preventative best practices into the Nation’s own operations. In the long-term it recommends that In-SHUCK-ch. conduct an invasive plant inventory to determine a treatment plan for existing infestations.
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