The 2016 Wild Parsnip Strategy was presented to the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) on March 3, 2016. Similar to last year, the goal of this year’s strategy is to reduce the growth of wild parsnip in areas that are highly infested while ensuring that environmentally sensitive areas and public safety are not adversely impacted.
The application of the herbicide Clearview will start as early as this week, weather dependent, and signs will be posted 48 hours prior to the contractor spraying these areas.
The contractor will use a combination of boom spraying and spot spraying. The process of spot spraying is the preferred method to target the wild parsnip plant only and not affect other wild flower growing in the area, water ways or sensitive areas.
Herbicide application began on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Approximately 700 km of roadsides and over 40 areas of parkland will be treated this year. Roadside cutting is currently underway and additional herbicide application will be considered again for the fall season.
There will be three parkland locations for treatment within Stittsville this week.
The three locations are:
- 5401 Abbott St – Parkland
- 6043 Hazeldean Rd – Stormwater Pond
- Poole Creek Ravine
Staff will continue to monitor and map wild parsnip infestation levels throughout the remainder of the year. A meeting will be scheduled with stakeholders in fall 2016 to evaluate the effectiveness of this year’s strategy and to develop recommendations for the 2017 strategy.