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Public Notice – Annual Vegetation Control in the Columbia Cemetery

 

The City currently has a Pesticide and Herbicide Use Policy that promotes and endorses land
management activities that are free from pesticide and herbicide use. Therefore, in most
situations, the City of Rossland does not use any herbicides or pesticides on municipal lands.
However, and pursuant to the City’s Policy, when situations arise that require use of pesticides
or herbicides, such use must only be done by registered applicators and only within prescribed
procedures and with only government approved chemicals. Such instances may be used to
control, destroy, reduce or repel, directly or indirectly, an animal, plant, alien invasive species,
or other organism which is harmful to human health or the environment, impacts agriculture or
forestry activities, poses a threat to buildings (inside or outside), community infrastructure, or is
in the vested overall interest of the community.
As per previous years, and based on the above-noted policy, the City of Rossland contracted out
2018 annual vegetation control management activities in the Columbia Cemetery to Kootenay
Weed Control. Work generally consists of the localized application of a product called VP480
that was used on Oregon grape (which is a native species) to control its growth and abundance
around historic grave sites to try and protect further damage from occurring. VP480 is a
maximum weed control herbicide that provides fast and effective weed control under all use
conditions and a competitive alternative to other premium glyphosate options that can be
applied in various means. All activities related to the application of the VP480 herbicide by the
contractor followed the prescribed procedures as currently outlined in Provincial legislation.
This vegetation control activity was done using the herbicide partly due to the limited external
funding the City receives to complete necessary annual operation and maintenance activities
for the Columbia Cemetery. It is also done to help reduce possible human-wildlife conflicts in
the area by managing a known bear attractant in an area used by the public.
However, due to recent public concerns in relation to this annual practice, Council will be
reviewing the City’s current Pesticide and Herbicide Policy prior to the completion of any
vegetation control operations in the Columbia Cemetery for 2019. It is expected that any
change in relation to the annual vegetation control activities as previously noted above will
require additional funds and resources in order to maintain the cemetery grounds to its current
standards.

 

The City currently has a Pesticide and Herbicide Use Policy that promotes and endorses land management activities that are free from pesticide and herbicide use. Therefore, in most  situations, the City of Rossland does not use any herbicides or pesticides on municipal lands. However, and pursuant to the City’s Policy, when situations arise that require use of pesticides or herbicides, such use must only be done by registered applicators and only within prescribed procedures and with only government approved chemicals. Such instances may be used to control, destroy, reduce or repel, directly or indirectly, an animal, plant, alien invasive species,or other organism which is harmful to human health or the environment, impacts agriculture or forestry activities, poses a threat to buildings (inside or outside), community infrastructure, or is in the vested overall interest of the community.


As per previous years, and based on the above-noted policy, the City of Rossland contracted out 2018 annual vegetation control management activities in the Columbia Cemetery to Kootenay Weed Control. Work generally consists of the localized application of a product called VP480 that was used on Oregon grape (which is a native species) to control its growth and abundance around historic grave sites to try and protect further damage from occurring. VP480 is a maximum weed control herbicide that provides fast and effective weed control under all use conditions and a competitive alternative to other premium glyphosate options that can be applied in various means. All activities related to the application of the VP480 herbicide by the contractor followed the prescribed procedures as currently outlined in Provincial legislation.


This vegetation control activity was done using the herbicide partly due to the limited external funding the City receives to complete necessary annual operation and maintenance activities for the Columbia Cemetery. It is also done to help reduce possible human-wildlife conflicts in the area by managing a known bear attractant in an area used by the public.


However, due to recent public concerns in relation to this annual practice, Council will be reviewing the City’s current Pesticide and Herbicide Policy prior to the completion of any vegetation control operations in the Columbia Cemetery for 2019. It is expected that any change in relation to the annual vegetation control activities as previously noted above will require additional funds and resources in order to maintain the cemetery grounds to its current standards.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2018/11/16