The Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC), in partnership with TransCanada Corporation is pleased to announce a new training program on invasive species in BC, with a special focus on BC’s North, titled “Invasive Species in BC—You Can Help Prevent the Spread!”
This one day workshop, along with one additional module, will support concerned citizens and natural resources workers across BC’s North in identifying key invasive species, understanding their huge economic and environmental impacts, and learning how they can be prevented and managed.
Invasive Animals and Plants
In addition to invasive plants, the course also includes information on the identification, impacts and management of priority invasive animals, insects and micro-organisms that pose threats to BC, such as small- and largemouth bass, European fire ant, eastern gray squirrel, American bullfrog and zebra and quagga mussels.
One optional half-day workshop on aquatic invasive species provides more detailed training about identification, prevention, and reporting measures.
The ISCBC’s goal for the course is to provide natural resources workers, citizens and contractors with information and tools to help reduce or stop the spread of invasive species, by identifying and using best practices for their prevention and control. Resource-based operations such as oil and gas, forestry, mining, hydro and agriculture are potential pathways for invasive species introduction and spread.
ISCBC Executive Director, Gail Wallin said “Preventing introduction is by far the most effective way to avoid economic and environmental losses. Following prevention, early detection is the most effective and lowest cost way to battle invasive species. By putting more “eyes on the ground” across BC, this course will greatly improve our ability to detect and respond to these threats. TransCanada’s support of this new course will really help reach key populations and regions across northern BC to better combat invasive species.”
“Whether it’s partnering with community groups, supporting local initiatives or encouraging our employees to be involved in their neighbourhoods, our goal is to build strong and vibrant communities across North America,” said Chris Pezoulas, Director of Planning and Execution, Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project. “This training program will help protect the habitat of British Columbia’s north country and we are proud to be a sponsor.”
The one-day classroom workshop will cover the environmental, economic and social impacts of invasive species introductions and infestations, review the priority invasive species in BC, highlight detection and prevention measures, and provide tools to assist with identification and reporting of observations. Additional modules include “Invasive Plant Identification’ and ‘Dealing with Aquatic Invasives’.
Communities, field workers and agencies identified the need for a succinct training program to raise awareness about the problems and solutions associated with the spread of invasive species. A previous training course, the “Invasive Plant Training Program” (2010), was attended by hundreds of participants across the province, and required seven days to complete. To encourage participation by employers, this workshop requires only one day and is complemented by an additional specialized module. A 3-day session on pesticide applicator training is also available.
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