Just a heads up to anyone on Vancouver Island, and B.C. in general!
I want to warn you about a really innocuous looking, but horrendously dangerous plant. It’s an invasive plant originally from Asia, and growing EVERYWHERE around B.C. It called Giant Hogweed, and is absolutely no joke. It’s popping up all over the Island and other areas of B.C. and most people don’t know about it. While out with friends on French Creek last weekend, we ran into the stuff everywhere along the creek, along the shore, and in the wooded areas all around – and right along the trails, with it’s leaves hanging over the pathway. It’s easy to imagine people out for a walk with their kids and pets, and brushing the plant aside as they walk the trails. So if you are out with kids or pets, please be cautious and aware – it’s incredibly easy for them to get exposed to it. If you touch it, the sap on your skin will react with UV light – so when sunlight hits it, you end up with severe burns. And we’re talking 3rd degree. And even when they heal, the sap can keep causing burns for up to 10 years. YEARS! If it gets in your eyes, it causes temporary – and sometimes permanent – blindness.
It’s ridiculously nasty stuff, and NOT something you want to get tangled up in, especially if your kids are active and like to explore the outdoors.
Here’s a link with some more info.
If you happen to come across it the Government of B.C. asks you to call it in and report it. Just do a Google search for how to report it in your area.
Cheers! And be safe!