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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 7, 2017, VICTORIA - B.C. government has proclaimed May 2017 as "Invasive Species Action Month" to help raise awareness of invasive plants and animals in British Columbia and to highlight the environmental and economic damage they can cause. The proclamation is part of an ongoing effort to encourage people to learn more about how these plants and animals can displace native species and disrupt local ecosystems.
ISCBC held a Special Members Meeting on November 24th, 2016. At this meeting, new bylaws were approved with unanimous support. Key parts in the bylaws include changes to membership, Board structure and Director Nomination.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 23, 2016, Williams Lake, BC - The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia and the Alberta Invasive Species Council are sounding alarm bells about an impending threat from invasive mussels to British Columbia after these highly-damaging species were confirmed in Montana this month. The organizations are calling on authorities to inspect every boat entering British Columbia to prevent an infestation. The three organizations will hold an Emergency ‘Call to Action’ meeting Dec. 9 in Vancouver with leaders in Western Canada to map out next steps to prevent serious ecological and economic damage.
Many thanks to all those who entered in the Invasive Species Council of BC’s first Invasive Species Action Month Photo Contest, held during Invasive Species Action Month, May 2016. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from the ISCBC’s Communications Committee. The judges had a real challenge in choosing winners, as there were many excellent submissions.
Two winners were selected and each was presented with a Go Pro camera! Several photos were also selected for honorable mention.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 17, 2016, Williams Lake, BC—As the school year comes to a close, the Invasive Species Council of BC is asking teachers and parents not to release classroom pets, insects, fish or aquarium plants into the wild.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 31, 2016, Williams Lake, BC—The Invasive Species Council of BC is applauding the BC Government’s announcement yesterday of increased funding for the invasive mussel defence program and permanent boat inspection stations at major entry points along BC’s borders.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 4, 2016, Williams Lake, BC—The Invasive Species Council of BC congratulates one of its founders, Duncan Barnett, for his recognition by the Governor General of Canada with a Caring Canadian Award.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Feb. 2, 2016—RICHMOND, BC—Federal, provincial, municipal, and First Nations representatives, along with regional invasive species committees, community organizations, and industry groups from across British Columbia are gathering this week in Richmond to discuss ways to prevent, control and manage invasive species that affect BC’s economy, environment and society. The 11th annual forum, INVASIVES 2016, features workshops, discussions, learning sessions, and updates on what groups around the province and in other jurisdictions are doing to target invasive species.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 15, 2015, Williams Lake, BC—BC gardeners and landscapers planning for next year’s gardens can now use their mobile devices to find out which plants are non-invasive, as the popular PlantWise program today launched a user-friendly mobile app and website to help British Columbians make wise choices to stop the spread of invasive species.
BC garden stores, growers and landscapers commit to being PlantWise and stop selling invasive plants
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Oct. 14, 2015, Williams Lake—A growing number of B.C. gardening retailers, growers and landscapers have committed to stop selling invasive species by signing on as PlantWise industry partners this year.