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National Voluntary Code of Conduct for the Ornamental Horticulture Industry Launched

Peterborough, ON, June 12, 2019 - The Canadian Council on Invasive Species, along with several key partners are excited to launch a new National Voluntary Code of Conduct for the ornamental horticulture industry. The National Voluntary Code of Conduct supports the Canadian Council on Invasive Species’ Be Plant Wise program. The goal of the Be Plant Wise program is to support and recognize responsible leaders in the horticulture industry who adopt best practices to avoid the introduction of high-risk invasive plants to specific regions.

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May 31, 2019 - Invasive Mussel Defence Program launches new season

May 31, 2019; KELOWNA - British Columbia's Invasive Mussel Defence Program is launching into its fifth season of protecting B.C. waterways from invasive zebra and quagga mussels. From now until late October 2019, inspectors with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) will be at 12 inspection stations throughout the province, educating the public about invasive mussels and checking boats travelling into and through B.C. before they enter the water.

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Invasive Mussel Defence Program 2018 Interim Report Now Available

The Invasive Mussel Defence Program (IMDP) is a shared delivery between staff from the B.C. Conservation Office Service (COS) and the Environmental Sustainability & Strategic Policy Division (ESSPD) within the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV). The interim report for the 2018 season has been published. 

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Peace River Regional District puts invasive daisies on notice

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is putting invasive daisies on notice! These white petalled, yellow-centered daisy flowers are the PRRD’s most wanted invasive plants in 2018! Read more and listen to the invasive daisy jingles.

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Gail Wallin Spreads the Word about BC’s Invasives

Local Invasive Species. From fire ants to knotweed - Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council of BC joins Breakfast Television in Vancouver's Riaz Meghji to look at five invasive species having an impact on local ecosystems and explains what you can do about it.

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B.C. lake infested with hundreds of goldfish just months after pets released into wild

CBC News, Cory Correia, August 15, 2018 - BRITISH COLUMBIA. B.C. lake infested with hundreds of goldfish just months after pets released into wild. Some goldfish in Pinecrest Lake are now as large as 13 centimetres, says invasive species expert. Residents of a small B.C. lakeside community say they're dealing with a goldfish infestation after someone dumped their unwanted pets in the water.

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Fight against invasive species continues on Seymour Lake

Smithers Interior News, Cassidy Muir, Aug. 23, 2018 - SMITHERS. Fight against invasive species continues on Seymour Lake; Yellow floating heart continues to spread quickly. The recent heat wave in the Bulkley Valley has sent residents flocking to the water to cool off. Anyone who’s found relief at Seymour Lake in Smithers may have noticed a sign warning them about yellow floating heart.

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Invasive Mussel Defence Program Spring 2018 Status Report

The first status report for the 2018 season of the BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program for the period of March 1 to May 31, 2018 is now available.

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Invasive plant species for sale in Kootenay region - Warning issued by watchdog council

Nelson Star, Jun. 29, 2018 - NELSON. Invasive plant species for sale in Kootenay region. Warning issued by watchdog council. With the warm weather favouring B.C.’s backyard and water garden enthusiasts, the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) and the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) are reminding the public to be careful when selecting plants for their ponds and gardens.

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100 Mile Elementary students pull weeds from Centennial Park

100 Mile Free Press, June 21, 2018 - 100 MILE HOUSE. 100 Mile Elementary students pull weeds from Centennial Park. “We try to get the kids out as much as possible”. The weed pull was part of an educational workshop run by members of the Invasive Species Council of B.C (ISC). Shanon McConnell, the ISC 100 Mile team lead, said it’s important to teach kids about invasive species and how to control them. “Invasive species come in and they essentially push out all the native vegetation, and that can be detrimental to the local ecosystem,” said McConnell.

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