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ISCBC Enews - January 2015

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Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Together in Action Awards! They were presented during a special gala evening attended by the Lieutenant Governor of BC, as part of the highly successful INVASIVES 2015: ISCBC's 10th Anniversary Forum & AGM that was held on January 20-21st in Richmond, BC - See highlights below for details!

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Congratulations 2015 Together in Action Award Winners

ISCBC congratulates the winners of the first annual Together in Action Awards, celebrating the work of those preventing or reducing the impact of invasive species in BC. 

The Together in Action awards program recognizes initiatives, groups, and individuals that demonstrate leadership, innovation and collaboration in the field of invasive species in BC. Winners were honoured at a gala dinner, part of ISCBC’s 10th annual forum, INVASIVES 2015. The gala was dinner attended by BC’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, patron of ISCBC.

Together in Action Awards were presented to: 

  • Nuxalk First Nation, Bella Coola, BC, Together in Action Government Award
  • GardenWorks, Burnaby, BC, Together in Action Business Award
  • Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre, Kelowna, BC, Together in Action Business Award
  • Friends of Devonian Park, Metchosin, BC, Together in Action Stewardship Organization Award
  • Andrea Eastham, Prince George, BC, Together in Action Individual Award 
  • Jake Burton, Victoria BC, Together in Action Youth Award

These awards recognize leadership in invasive species research, education, prevention, management or control of invasive species, contributions from volunteers and from business leaders or organizations. READ MORE

Celebrating 10 Years in Action: Invasives 2015

Invasives 2015: ISCBC's 10th Anniversary Forum & AGM was a highly successful event enjoyed by more than a hundred participants from across the province and beyond! Highlights of the forum included the keynote address by host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, Bob McDonald, and the presentation by Tim Sheldan, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Deputy Minister, who offered insight into the history of invasive species management in BC.

Read about some of the milestones of invasive species management in BC in ISCBC's Celebrating 10 Years in Action

Stay tuned for more detailed highlights, photos, video footage and presentations from INVASIVES 2015 in the February enews! A special thank you to all forum sponsors and supporters for making this a memorable event. 

Invasive Ant Workshop Summary

On October 23rd, 2014 governments and other representatives of regions affected or threatened by invasive ant populations met at VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver to discuss collaboration towards management efforts. The morning workshop focused on the high priority issues that were identified by local governments during the June 2014 meeting including confidentiality, due diligence and the transport of soil.

Invasive ant expert, Dr. Robert Higgins, provided an overview of invasive ants and an update on the past field season’s research and preliminary findings. Cynthia Sayre, of VanDusen Botanical Gardens, presented an overview of their experimental trials and a treatment success story which allowed reopening of one of their closed gardens. ISCBC proposed a draft communications plan with the goal of creating consistent messaging while identifying resources to assist in increasing responsible behaviour. Overall, the workshop was a collaborative success that put into motion actions for each party. A summer workshop is proposed for June or July of 2015, stay tuned. SUMMARY: Invasive Ant Workshop: Where are We Now?

NEWS: B.C. government mulling an Invasive Species Act to fight costly introduction of non-native species

Vancouver Sun, Jan. 20, 2015, by Larry Pynn: The B.C. government is considering new legislation to coordinate the attack against a costly and ever-growing threat posed by the introduction of non-native plants, animals and diseases. 

Tim Sheldan, deputy minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, said that the existing Weed Control Act and regulations have been under internal study and that an “extensive scientific review” of invasive plant species for regulation is nearing completion. 

Sheldan, who was at the 10th annual forum of the Invasive Species Council of B.C., in Richmond, said the 2012 Invasive Species Strategy for B.C., coordinated by the council, “identified the need for a single piece of legislation ... for an Invasive Species Act.” READ MORE

NEWS: Snowbirds threaten to bring home invasive species

Global News, Jan. 21, 2015 by Tamsyn Burgmann: Canadian snowbirds towing pleasure boats back to Western provinces from winter getaways in the United States are in danger of bringing back some unwelcome guests — two invasive aquatic species. 

International scientists meeting at the Invasive Species Council of B.C. annual forum said zebra and quagga mussels can be sneaky stowaways that have the ability to devastate waters where they’re not indigenous. READ MORE

STUDY: Modified Sowing Patterns Control Weed Growth Naturally

International Business Times, Jan. 19, 2015 by Jenny Michelle Panganiban: Pest control is integral in crop production to ensure optimum yield. For many years, people have been exploring ways to protect crops from harmful insects and invasive plants. In a new study, ecologists at the University of Copenhagen's Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have demonstrated how weed control can be done more efficiently by changing seeding patterns and crop density. This technique makes crops dominate over weeds in plantations. The researcher team observed how sowing wheat and corn in grid patterns restrained weed growth. READ MORE

STUDY: Drones That Can Suck Up Water Hunt Oil Leaks, Invasive Species

MIT Technology Review, Jan. 20, 2015 by Andrew Rosenblum: Drones carrying cameras or infrared sensors have already found favor with farmers, police forces, and extreme sports enthusiasts. Now engineers are testing versions of the tiny craft that can do more than just observe. Prototypes able to swoop down to scoop up water samples are being developed to help ecologists, the oil industry, and others track oil leaks or invasive species. Some can even perform rudimentary analysis on the water they collect. READ MORE

STUDY: Northern forests to change as global warming progresses

Market Business News, Jan. 20, 2015, by Marie Singer: As a result of global warming, northern forests in the decades to come will look quite different as a new set of trees appear and thrive, while the existing ones find it harder to cope, say researchers from the University of Minnesota.

Their study, which was published in the journal Nature Climate Change, used a unique long-term outdoor experiment to determine what the effects of climate change might be on the trees in the boreal forest along the Canadian-US border. READ MORE


  • 8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 24 - 26, 2015
  • North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Annual Conference 2015: Coast Hotel, Vancouver, BC. October 18-21, 2015

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