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.
News 1130, Kayla Butler, June 11, 2018 - PITT RIVER. A group of grade eight kids is excited that hard work pays off, as the class from Pitt River Middle School is the winner of BC’s “What’s In Your Back Yard?” Invasive Species Photo contest. The province-wide contest is part of Invasive Species Action Month (May) and it’s specifically targeted to youth to get them involved in something important that they can take into their future.
Vancouver Courier, Jessica Kerr, June 8, 2018. Beetle mania: Vancouver wages war against invasive pest. Spraying for Japanese beetle starts Sunday. The war against the Japanese beetle is on. The city started spraying parks and public property in the False Creek area on June 5, starting with the lawn next to Roundhouse Community Centre.
Vancouver Sun, June 1, 2018 - VANCOUVER. Brian Minter: Japanese beetle invasion a serious threat to Vancouver. It will take a coordinated response to eradicate the Japanese beetle that is causing a great deal of concern in the local food, ornamental plant and turf industries.
Williams Lake Tribune, Monica Lamb-Yorski, Jun. 2, 2018 - WILLIAMS LAKE. VIDEO: Williams Lake part of 100in1Day. The lake city is joining 12 cities across Canada in celebrating 100in1Day, June 2.
Williams Lake Tribune, May. 28, 2018 11:45 a.m, WILLIAMS LAKE - Tatla Lake Elementary is the first school in the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) to complete the Invasive Species Council of BC’s Invasive Wise Youth Challenge. On Wednesday, May 23, 15 elementary students from Grades K-7 gathered with spades in hand to take a stand against invasive species in their schoolyard.
Williams Lake Tribune, Tara Sprickerhoff, May. 29, 2018 - WILLIAMS LAKE. Invasive Species Council to host activities centred around making positive change. Williams Lake will be joining 12 cities across the country in celebrating the 100in1Day, this Saturday, June 2. A global initiative aiming to inspire changes in cities across the county, the goal of 100in1Day is to compel residents to activate 100 innovative, thought-provoking ideas into interventions for their community. Led in Williams Lake by the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, and powered by Future Cities Canada, there will be plenty to take part in.
Global News Radio 980 CKNW, Emily Lazatin, May 25, 2018. There’s a new pest in town and health officials say it’s much more dangerous than the chafer beetle. The Japanese beetle was first discovered last summer in Vancouver’s False Creek neighbourhood and City officials say more than 7.5 hectares of land and park space need to be treated now with a larvacide to get rid of it. The province’s top veterinary officer, Dr. Jane Pritchard, says the beetle flies and can do a lot of damage.
City of Vancouver, May 24 2018 - VANCOUVER. Canadian Food Inspection Agency orders restrictions of plant and soil movement and notice to treat public property in affected areas. “This is a risk we are taking seriously and a collaborative approach will ensure green spaces, gardens, lawns, and agricultural land in Vancouver stays healthy and vibrant.” Japanese beetle, an invasive, regulated pest in Canada, has been discovered in the False Creek area of Vancouver. It can significantly damage landscape plants, ornamental plants, fruit and vegetable gardens, nurseries, orchards, and agricultural crops.
Vancouver Sun, Harrison Mooney, May 24, 2018, VANCOUVER - The Japanese beetle, an invasive pest native to Japan, as its name suggests, has been discovered in the False Creek area. This is the second such sighting of the Japanese beetle in False Creek. The insect was first spotted in the area last August after it was found in a trap. Before that instance, it had only been discovered in Canada’s Eastern provinces.