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May 1, 2019 - VICTORIA. Giant hogweed. Death cap mushrooms. Zebra mussels. These are just some of the species that are not supposed to be in British Columbia. The B.C. government has proclaimed May 2019 as Invasive Species Action Month to raise public awareness of invasive species. Invasive species are plants or animals that are not native to the province or are found outside of their natural distribution areas. These organisms can disrupt habitat, displace native species and negatively impact the environment and economy.
April 30, 2019 Williams Lake, BC. A workshop addressing priority pests and invasive species threatening agriculture in the Cariboo was held on April 16th, 2019. Hosted by the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) and supported by the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative, Agricultural Pests: Practical tools for producers provided much needed information and practical tools for producers.
March 29, 2019 - Williams Lake, BC. The mobile Report Invasives BC app, which is available free of charge for iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms, has been updated to include Japanese beetle. Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) was first introduced to Eastern North America from Japan in 1916. Japanese beetle is now an invasive, regulated pest in Canada and was detected in BC in July 2017 in Vancouver's David Lam Park. The beetle is currently under eradication with treatment and containment efforts ongoing in parts of Vancouver. The public is asked to report all suspect Japanese beetles. Downloading the Report Invasives BC app makes recognizing and reporting Japanese beetle simple!
(WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, March 4, 2019) Is your community group interested in Clean Drain Dry messaging at your local lakes? The Invasive Species Council of BC is looking for aquatic stewardship groups to become partners to increase Clean Drain Dry (CDD) signage across the province.
The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is embarking on an exciting partnership with the Canadian Council on Invasive Species to create a national CDD program piloted in BC over the next three years. Building on the successful CDD program that’s been in place in BC, the new pilot will roll out a similar approach across Canada to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in all provinces and territories.
(February 26, 2019 – Williams Lake, BC) The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) has appointed its new Board for the coming year, and is pleased to have David Bennett, Director of Communications and External Relations for FortisBC, serving as the new Chair of the Board. Outgoing Chair Brian Heise of Thompson Rivers University looks forward to working closely with the organization during Bennett’s term as Chair.
A new smartphone app has been released that is designed specifically for livestock and forage producers in BC. The Best Management Practices for Livestock and Forage Producers app (WeedsBMP app) is based on the ‘Guide to Weeds in BC’ and includes updated information on 95 invasive plant species directly relevant to forage and livestock production. The WeedsBMP app offers in depth information and imagery for identification as well as various ways in which to manage each species, including sources and contacts for more information.
The Invasive Species Council of BC has been hard at work delivering a new program for youth in BC. The Invasive-wise Youth Challenge inspires youth to take action to create healthy landscapes and communities free of invasive species. The program incorporates educational and outdoor components, with youth initially learning about invasive species through interactive activities. These activities teach children about the negative impacts of invasives, identification skills, and simple ways they can help stop the spread of invasive species in their communities.
June 20, 2018 – Williams Lake. With the warm weather favouring BC’s backyard gardeners and water garden enthusiasts, the Invasive Species Council of BC is reminding the public to be careful when selecting plants and animals for their ponds and gardens.
June 11, 2018 – Williams Lake. With more than 160 entries, Pitt River Middle School’s grade 8 class has won the provincial challenge to post the most photos of invasive species found in their backyard in a contest from the Invasive Species Council of BC for Invasive Species Action Month in May.
May 25, 2018, WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA - On June 2, 2018, Williams Lake joins residents across the country in transforming their city through hundreds of positive actions that inspire movement and connection in their neighbourhood. 100In1Day Canada is part of a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their communities, providing residents with a platform to showcase their ideas aimed to spark change in their cities. This year, 100In1Day Williams Lake is led by the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC) and powered by Future Cities Canada.