IPCBC News Release, Feb. 18, 2008: WILLIAMS LAKE—Preventing the Invasion, the Invasive Plant Council of BC’s (IPCBC) 4th Annual Forum and Annual General Meeting (AGM), was held in Richmond, BC from January 22 to 23, 2008.
The IPCBC is a registered society and charity whose members are involved in all aspects of invasive plant management. This two-day forum focused on practical actions that industry, individuals, and others can take to reduce the introduction of unwanted invasive plants to regions across BC and beyond.
Preventing the Invasion set a new attendance record with a total of 148 participants representing government, industry, regional invasive plant committees, First Nations, foresters, forest technologists, biologists, naturalists, ranchers, horticulturists, recreationists, and gardeners as well as other concerned individuals.
The IPCBC defines the term “invasive plant” as any invasive alien plant species that has the potential to pose undesirable or detrimental impacts on humans, animals or ecosystems. Through province-wide cooperation and coordination, the IPCBC is working to minimize the negative ecological, social, and economic impacts caused by the introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive plants. Workshops, activities, and events, such as the IPCBC’s Preventing the Invasion forum, educate the public and professionals about invasive plants and their risk to ecosystems, economies, and the public.
Under the guidance of the Board of Directors and five Committees, the IPCBC accomplished a number of key priorities in 2007, which included: hosting Alien’s Beware, the IPCBC’s 3rd Annual Forum and AGM; participating in a number of events provincially, nationally, and internationally; collaborating with the horticulture industry and other key groups; and coordinating community weed pulls. These are just a few examples of the many collaborative projects that were successfully completed by the IPCBC in 2007.
A special highlight from 2007 was the unprecedented media attention to invasive plants. These unwanted invaders found their way onto the radio and the news as well as various newspapers locally, provincially, and nationally. ‘Spreading the word and not the weed’ is a key approach to preventing the invasion of invasive plants across BC and beyond.
Thank you to all of the Directors, Committee Members, volunteers, and supporters whose tireless dedication is the foundation of the Council’s many projects and accomplishments. Additional thanks to the IPCBC’s departing Directors, Leslie MacDonald and Peter Goetz, and a warm welcome to all new and continuing Directors.
Industry and governments spend thousands of dollars annually on efforts to control invasive plants – costs that affect us all. For more information on how to get involved or to view Council projects, please visit www.invasiveplantcouncilbc.ca or call 1-250-392-1400. Membership is open to everyone willing to work collaboratively with others.
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