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Cariboo rancher honoured for pioneering work to make BC a leader in invasive species management

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 over 15 years, Duncan Barnett has worked to protect British Columbia’s agricultural lands and environment, and still plays an active role in invasive species management, helping make BC a leader in that field,” says Gail Wallin, Executive Director of the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC). “Duncan helped develop the first Invasive Plant Strategy for BC starting in 2002, then chaired the newly formed Invasive Species Council of British Columbia in 2004. For almost two decades, his volunteer contributions have changed the approach and thinking on invasive species management within BC and beyond, and this recognition by the Governor General's award is well deserved.”

Duncan Barnett, a rancher from 150 Mile House, was the longest serving Chair of the Invasive Species Council of BC, and helped shape and guide the Council to become a strong, respected organization. He is also an active volunteer in the Cariboo, where he has been a leader for local, regional and provincial cattlemen's associations and 4H and remains committed to healthy agriculture lands. 

The Governor General’s Caring Canadian Awards were presented today at a ceremony in Vancouver. These awards are presented by the Governor General on behalf of all Canadians to share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. The award recognizes those who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community. 

About the Invasive Species Council of BC
The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is working to minimize the negative ecological, social, and economic impacts caused by the introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species. Their goals are to: educate the public and professionals about invasive species and their risks to ecosystems and economies through activities such as workshops, seminars and newsletters; coordinate and fund research relating to invasive species and make this available to the public; and undertake and support actions that improve the health of BC’s natural ecosystems. For more information or to find your local invasive species committee visit www.bcinvasives.ca. 

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Gail Wallin
gwallin@bcinvasives.ca
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