Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia to host informative “Stop the Spread” forum

IPCBC News Release, Jan. 15, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—The Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia will host an informative “Stop the Spread” forum in Richmond, January 20 to 21, 2009, to address growing issue of invasive plants in British Columbia.

Invasive plants are silently invading British Columbia at an alarming rate, costing millions of dollars each year in rising management costs and lost productivity to industry. Climate change will only serve to compound this problem.

To address this growing issue, more than 125 experts as well as a diversity of high caliber speakers in the field of invasive plant management are expected to join the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia (IPCBC) at the 2009 Annual Public Forum and AGM, “Stop the Spread!” This forum will be held at the Delta Airport Hotel in Richmond, January 20 to 21, 2009.

This two-day forum will introduce informed choices and practical solutions that industry, individuals, and others can adopt to reduce the introduction and establishment of unwanted invasive plants to regions across BC and beyond.

This year’s forum will have a strong horticultural focus, with a series of thought provoking presentations by several internationally renowned speakers, including: Brian Minter of Minter Gardens in Chilliwack; Robert Chin of the Nursery and Garden Industry in Australia; and John Peter Thompson of Behnke Nurseries in Maryland.

“With strong collaborative partnerships with the horticulture industry and a common interest to safeguard the well-bring of our province, we can encourage the sale of plants that do not pose a threat to the environment, economy, or human health,” said executive director for the IPCBC, Gail Wallin.

Well-informed nursery and garden centres can greatly influence positive change among gardening enthusiasts, added Wallin. For instance, Gardenworks, a popular retail centre with nine locations in BC, has voluntarily committed to identify 10 invasive plants that it will no longer sell in 2009, making them an industry leader in the battle against invasive plants.

Invasive plants grow rapidly and spread quickly, causing damage to the environment, economy and our health; they are the second greatest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss.

The IPCBC is a grassroots, non-profit society working collaboratively to build cooperation and coordination of invasive plant management in BC. Workshops, activities, and events, such as the IPCBC’s Stop the Spread forum, educate the public and professionals about invasive plants and their potential risks. Events like this forum will continue to assist the IPCBC in “spreading the word, not the weed” through outreach and education; thus minimizing the establishment of invasive plants.

The IPCBC has experienced phenomenal growth since its inception in 2004. Membership as grown to almost 1000 individuals and 300 organizations! Membership is free and open to anyone willing to work collaboratively. Find out more at!


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