Nuke Island’s broom brush

The city needs to develop a wipeout plan regarding the Island's broom brush.

To the Editor,

The annual “yellow plague” is again spreading toxic chemicals all over Vancouver Island. As in years past, the only obvious resistance to the infestation is the call for “broombusters” to volunteer their time and effort to remove broom plants in their respective communities.

A chore undertaken by many, but too large a task for the number of volunteers. And so, the invasive plants continue to spread at an alarming rate.

But there are new projects in a few districts, with many more required.

The most successful program of broom killing has been underway in Langford for the past 10 years.

The current Mill Hill project has already removed 63 tonnes of broom clusters, which will be processed into bio fuel. Broom is removed by helicopter.

The different governing bodies in our Valley should recognize the urgent need for broom destruction.

Form a “wipeout plan”, and quickly.

Harold Hamilton,

Port Alberni