Good News! Union of BC Municipalities passes NR51 ”Control of Scotch Broom”.

The Resolution calls on BC to take strong action to stop the spread of Scotch Broom across BC. While the Resolution doesn’t require any particular action, it is a major first step in the right direction. And all of BC supported it!

The Resolution was first submitted last winter by Qualicum Beach to the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC.). It passed on April 15, 2023, and was automatically added to the Resolutions Booklet at UBCM. On September 22, Anne Skipsey, Councilor of Qualicum Beach introduced the Resolution, followed by additional speakers at the Pro-mic: Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek, Parksville Councilor Sean Wood, and Ladysmith Councilor Duck Paterson.

Broombusters are overjoyed by the vote as they have been working towards this level of awareness and action on the part of the Province since 2006. The first steps were to prove that Scotch broom can be stopped (which they have been proving on community levels for 17 years), and to share the information about how much damage this aggressive invasive plant is doing and will do.

Broombusters wants to thank Qualicum Beach, other local governments that have been supportive for many years, and also all the local governments which supported the Resolution. And of course, many hundreds of volunteers!