Invasive Plant Council of BC transitions to Species

IPCBC News Release, Jan. 24, 2012: WILLIAMS LAKE—Announcing the new “Invasive Species Council of British Columbia” — to be unveiled during the highly anticipated  “Shutting Out Invaders” Forum, January 24-26th. 

Invasive species pose a significant threat to British Columbia’s fragile ecosystems, natural resource industries, and communities—with a silent cost to taxpayers reaching millions of dollars each year. To combat these ‘unwanted’ invaders, the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia will transition to include all invasive species, and is now formally launching as the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC). 

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the expansion to the Invasive Species Council. Often the changes that are needed to reduce the spread of invasive species are the same as with invasive plants. Actions such as cleaning your boat or watching what you place in your water garden will reduce the spread of invasive species. This expanded approach will be the foundation of our work in aiming to get people to work together across boundaries to reduce their spread. It is truly amazing to see how much can be accomplished when people chose to work together to make a difference,” said Chair of the ISCBC, Kristy Palmantier. 

Participants of the ISCBC Public Forum, “Shutting Out Invaders,” being held on January 24-26th, 2012, at the Delta Airport Hotel in Richmond, will have the opportunity to learn about this transition as well as key projects and future directions of the new Invasive Species Council. This event will also mark the departure of Kristy Palmantier, Chair and Aboriginal representative. With a passion for reducing invasive plants in her area, Kristy has been active building bridges and information to help Aboriginal communities undertake proactive approaches to reducing the spread in their communities. 

As well as announcing this new change in the Council, the ISCBC Public Forum, “Shutting Out Invaders,” will offer engaging presentations on prevention and early detection and rapid response of invasive species, as well as ways of changing behaviour. This event will offer invasive species managers and others an excellent opportunity to share leading edge information, key successes, and lessons learned. 

“Shutting Out Invaders” will feature certified wildlife biologist from Virginia, USA, Mike lelmini, who will speak on the value of moving invasive plants to all species. Keynote speaker, Ken Donnelly of Lura Consulting, will also discuss the concept of changing behaviour and how to effectively engage the public about invasive species.

Other highlights include a look at Texas’s Citizen Science Program, and invaders impacting BC and Canada, such as fire ants, bullfrogs, and kudzu. Topics on prevention will include information on the “Don’t Move Firewood” campaign, maintaining healthy soils, and weed-free forage. The line-up of high caliber speakers will make this a truly memorable event!

A full-day, post-forum workshop, “Invasive Species Prevention and Control: Evaluating Success,” will take place Thursday, January 26th, 2011. This workshop is is a first step in developing a collaborative approach for determining indicators for monitoring the effectiveness of invasive species management in BC.

Thank you to BC Hydro; Environment Canada, Dow AgroSciences, FortisBC, Interfor, Gibraltar Mines, and Spectra Energy for sponsoring “Shutting Out Invaders.”

You can help reduce the negative and escalating impacts of invasive species in BC. Find out how to get involved, attend this forum, become a member (FREE!), and find information on other events and programs from the ISCBC website ( or call 1-888-WEEDSBC.

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The ISCBC is a registered charity working collaboratively to build cooperation and coordination of invasive species management in BC. Workshops, activities, and events, such as the ISCBC’s “Shutting Out Invaders” forum, educate the public and professionals about invasive species and their potential risks. Events like this forum continue to assist the ISCBC through outreach and education; thus minimizing the establishment of invasive species in BC.

The ISCBC has grown rapidly since its inception in 2004, and is recognized across the country for its leadership in building collaboration on the challenging and growing problem of invasive species. 

For more information, contact the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC): / • (250) 392-1400 or 1-888-WEEDSBC •

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