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Volunteers continue to fight invasive species near Smoky River

A group of volunteers were out in the MD of Greenview combating an invasive species on Monday. For the second year in a row, volunteers from Grande Prairie River Rats, Seven Generations Energy and Canadian Natural Resources Limited were getting rid of an overgrowth of Common Tansy noticed in 2015.

The work to get rid of the plant started later in the summer of last year due to changing water levels. The worry with the tansy is that it will seed and spread. The MD of Greenview is hoping to spread the word that the invasive plant species is travelling down the river and it has the potential to kill off native vegetation.

The volunteers manually dug up the plants one by one and burnt them to prevent the spread. This year the Alberta Invasive Species Council were helping with the process as well. The MD adds that the problem may need to be tackled over many growing seasons.

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