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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Call for Applications - BC Communications Review Panel

Do you have a specialty in the Communications field? 
Are you someone who could help provide strategic guidance around communications for multiple-stakeholder initiatives in BC? 
Do you have an interest in invasive species and their impacts in British Columbia? (or are you interested in learning more?) 
Will you enjoy working with other communications experts in providing guidance and making a difference in BC?

If you are, then here is a volunteer opportunity in helping to shape the invasive species communication programs in BC. You will work with a team of communications experts, share knowledge and make strategic recommendations to a wide number of organizations, including non-profits and local governments. You will receive recognition, as desired, and credit for shaping coordinated communication on invasive species in BC.

A call for applications is underway for communications experts to serve on the new, independent Communications Review Panel, that will review and coordinate invasive species communications in BC.

Background

The BC Communications Framework on Invasive Species calls for the creation of an independent Communications Review Panel of communications experts/advisers, to fulfill the goal stated in the Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia, as follows:

  • “establish…a provincial communication network that is responsible for coordinating invasive species information and messaging across the province.”
  •  “Successful invasive species management requires collaboration, cooperation, and coordination among different levels of government, land management agencies, land users, industry organizations, community groups, and the public. A province-wide process or system to enable and support broad collaboration is therefore very important.”

Purpose

The purpose of the Panel is to coordinate, review and evaluate communications programs, actions, and activities related to invasive species in BC. Their role is to discuss communications of invasive species provincial initiatives and media coverage, media outreach to be undertaken, identify and mediate any conflicts related to communications, and support and facilitate coordination and collaboration between organizations on communications matters related to invasive species.

Composition

The Panel will be made up of representatives from the four levels of government (local, provincial, federal, aboriginal), industry and the non-profit sector. Members of the panel should be: 

  • Able to provide strategic and analytical recommendations
  • Familiar with communications programs with small organizations
  • Willing to work with a diverse group of peers from diverse employers

Commitment  

The Communication Review Panel will meet by conference call, likely 2-3 calls over the next six months. Members should be willing to spend 10-15 hours over that time, providing direction to invasive species management organizations on topics such as messaging, BC Invasive Species Week/Month, media relations, social media campaigns, and other communications opportunities and challenges. A preliminary call will be held during the week of December 8, 2014 or January 5, 2015.

Application

To apply to the Communications Review Panel, please send a resume or profile by Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 2014 to Sue Staniforth at education@bcinvasives.ca. Many thanks!