IPCBC News Release, Jan. 14, 2011: WILLIAMS LAKE—To address invasive species threatening BC, the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia will host a highly anticipated public forum, “Invasion of the Aliens!” January 18-19th.
Invasive species are silently invading British Columbia’s unique landscapes, fertile range and agriculture lands, fragile ecosystems, and vibrant communities at an alarming rate. These ‘unwanted’ invaders cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year, with rising management costs, lost industry productivity, and alteration of critical ecosystems.
Over the last year, public awareness of the highly toxic invader, giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), was especially prominent in news media in BC and across Canada due to its potential human health risks. Invasive species, like giant hogweed, are those that are brought to BC, either intentionally or unintentionally, and cause negative social, economic, or environmental impacts.
To address this issue, upwards of 200 experts, land managers, concerned individuals, and a diversity of high caliber speakers will meet during the Invasive Plant Council of BC’s (IPCBC) Public Forum, “Invasion of the Aliens!” to be held January 18-19th, 2011 at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.
“Invasion of the Aliens is an excellent opportunity that helps share leading edge information to improve invasive species management in BC and across Canada. Participants from across the country recognize the need to work together as invasive species have no respect for administrative boundaries,” said Invasive Plant Council chair, Kristy Palmantier.
The agenda includes presentations on how invasive species put BC at risk, collaborations in North America, and invasive species’ impacts on BC resources. This year’s keynote speaker, Katie V. Spellman, University of Alaska Fairbanks, will discuss wildfire and invasive plants in the boreal forest. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to dynamic speakers, check out conference displays and posters, and engage in thought-provoking discussions during network sessions.
A full-day, post-forum workshop, “Making it Work...Locally,” will take place Thursday, January 20th, 2011, with a focus on local government approaches for managing invasive plants. Experts will discuss effective bylaws, disposal of invasive plants, and landowner outreach programs.
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 IPCBC website (www.invasiveplantcouncilbc.ca) or call 1-888-WEEDSBC.
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The IPCBC is a grassroots, non-profit charity working collaboratively to build cooperation and coordination of invasive species management in BC. Workshops, activities, and events, such as the IPCBC’s “Invasion of the Aliens” forum, educate the public and professionals about invasive species and their potential risks. Events like this forum continue to assist the IPCBC through outreach and education; thus minimizing the establishment of invasive species in BC.
The IPCBC has grown rapidly since its inception in 2004. Initiated and mentored under the vision of the Fraser Basin Council, the Invasive Plant Council of BC 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 Plant Council of BC (IPCBC):
www.invasiveplantcouncilbc.ca • (250) 392-1400 or 1-888-WEEDSBC • firstname.lastname@example.org