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ISCBC Enews - December 2014

Hello from the ISCBC!

During the hustle-bustle of the festive season, don't forget to secure your spot at our upcoming INVASIVES 2015: 10th Anniversary Forum & AGM, coming up in January! 

From all of us at the ISCBC, we wish you and your family a very joyful and special holiday season, and look forward to collaborating on invasive species management in 2015. We hope you enjoy this month's enews. Check out the short article on ways to make decorative wreaths out of English ivy and English holly! 

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Happy Holidays from the ISCBC Team

Invite to respond to proposed Federal Aquatic Regulation

ISCBC requests input and support to build a response on the draft federal Aquatic Invasive Species Regulation: As you may know, federal government has proposed a new regulation related to Aquatic Invasive Species. This new regulation, if approved, would enable federal government agencies such as the Canadian Border Services Agency, to take proactive steps to stop the transport or shipping of invasive species such as the Asian carps or invasive mussels (zebra, quagga). The need for this regulation has been clearly called for by governments and non-government organizations within BC and beyond. This draft regulation is now out for public review. We invite you to help build a strong submission in on the draft federal regulation (submissions to be received until January 14th, 2015). READ MORE

RELATED NEWS COVERAGE: Kelowna Now, Dec. 5, 2014: The federal government has announced proposed regulations to help in the fight against aquatic invasive species. Kelowna Lake Country MP Ron Cannan along with Okanagan Coquihalla MP Dan Albas introduced the government plan to implement a national regulatory framework. The proposed regulations will help prevent intentional and unintentional introductions of invasive species into Canada from other countries. Before the regulations are introduced there will be a 30 day public input comment period available to all Canadians and interested stakeholders. READ MORE

Don't Delay, Register before Christmas for INVASIVES 2015

Register now for INVASIVES 2015, ISCBC’s highly anticipated 10th Anniversary Forum and AGM, to be held at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond, January 20th and 21st. The last day to book rooms at the discounted room rate is January 5th (Room booking code: “2015 ISC Forum” or call the hotel at 1-866-382-3474).

We have an exciting line-up of presenters! A sampling of our 2015 speakers includes the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Deputy Minister Tim Sheldon, and we will also hear from Quirks and Quark’s own Bob McDonald. Don’t miss the EDRR Workshop: BC’s Early Detection Boot Camp held after the forum on January 22. 

New this year is the ISCBC’s Celebration & Awards Gala! We are proud to announce that the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Honorable Judith Guichon, will join us to celebrate the individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary actions in the invasive species management in BC. 

Our 10th anniversary celebration promises a special glimpse into our ten-year expedition of challenges and achievements, as well as future directions—we hope to see you there! REGISTER | AGENDA | LEARN MORE

Stewards of the Future: An Exciting Educational Initiative - Accepting Applications!

Applications are now being accepted for an exciting new high-school and youth initiative that can include work with invasive species. The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, is proud to introduce Stewards of the Future. This province-wide program supports young British Columbians in exploring their own communities, discovering and documenting unique attributes, identifying and researching key issues of concern, and investigating stewardship initiatives. READ MORE

Make Christmas wreaths from invasive English ivy and English holly

Ring in the holiday season and reduce the spread of some invasive species by using them in your seasonal decorations! Learn how to make ivy and holly wreaths. READ MORE

Field Guide to Noxious Weeds

The Field Guide to Noxious Weeds and Other Selected Invasive Plants of British Columbia is now available in its 8th edition (2014), and provides descriptions and images for all weeds legislated under the BC Weed Control Act, both provincially and regionally. This popular booklet also provides identifying information for other selected invasive plants of concern in BC, and ways to report invasive plants in BC. READ MORE

Northwest Invasive Plant Council seeks Invasive Plant Field Coordinator

The Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC) is seeking a Field Coordinator to oversee the successful implementation of invasive plant inventory, treatment and monitoring delivered by NWIPC contractors and/or direct employees. This includes planning, contract management, data quality assurance and reporting. READ MORE

NEWS: Nelson knotweed problem mapped

Nelson Star, Nov. 25, 2014, by Greg Nesteroff: A noxious weed so hardy that its roots can push through asphalt, concrete, brick, and building foundations has been found in 60 places in and around Nelson. A inventory conducted by the non-profit Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee discovered invasive knotweed throughout the city and on both sides of the lake. READ MORE

STUDY: Circumstances are right for weed invasion to escalate, Nov. 25, 2014: Few agribusinesses or governments regulate the types of plants that farmers use in their pastures to feed their livestock, according to an international team of researchers. The problem is most of these so-called pasture plants are invasive weeds. The research team—led by scientists at the Australian National University—surveyed agribusinesses in eight countries on six different continents to see what species are planted in pastures, what traits are selected for, and what measures are taken to guard against invasion. READ MORE

STUDY: Wetlands more vulnerable to invasives as climate changes, Dec. 9, 2014: In the battle between native and invasive wetland plants, a new Duke University study finds climate change may tip the scales in favor of the invaders—but it's going to be more a war of attrition than a frontal assault. READ MORE


  • INVASIVES 2015: ISCBC Anniversary Forum & AGM, Jan. 20-21, 2015
  • 8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 24 - 26, 2015

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