Webinar: A Story of Invasion and the Fight for Good – New Invasive Plants to BC

Date: April 27, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 10:00am PT

Credit: L Mehrhoff, Bugwood.org

Overview: Find out how to become part of the solution – learn how to identify and report new invasive plants, and the most likely places they will occur. Every year new invasive species are introduced to the province of B.C. and the provincial government works hard with local governments, subject matter experts and other partners to detect these species early, contain and eradicate populations to prevent further spread; protect the environmental, social and economic values we hold dear; and prevent new introductions.

This talk will focus on several new invasive plant species and the challenges of early detection, pathway interception, physical containment, developing new treatment methods, and treatments on or adjacent to private lands and waterways. These issues will be discussed in the context of feature terrestrial and aquatic species, such as Flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus L.), European common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud), North Africa grass (Ventenata dubia (Leers) Coss. & Durieu), and Shiny geranium (Geranium lucidum L.), Jointed goatgrass (Aegilops cylindrica Host), Paterson’s curse (Echium plantagineum L.), Giant reed (Arundo donax L.), Yellow floating heart (Nymphoides peltata (S.G. Gmel.) Kuntze), and Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms).

About the presenter: Becky Brown is a Professional Agrologist with the British Columbia (BC) Institute of Agrologists and an Invasive Plant Specialist with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. She has been working in natural resource management throughout BC for the past 25 years, focusing on invasive plants since 2003. Becky completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at Royal Roads University and a technical diploma in Environmental Planning at Selkirk College. Her primary focus is coordinating the provincial Early Detection Rapid Response Program for invasive plants, including species risk assessments, report verifications, extent surveys, treatment trials, response planning, and establishing new treatment permits and registrations. She also provides technical support to land managers working with established invasive plants in the South Coast region of BC. Becky is based on Vancouver Island.

This webinar is approved in British Columbia for one Continuing Education Credit (CEC) towards pesticide applicator certification. To qualify for the credit, participate in the webinar including the quiz at the end. Please contact IVMA with any questions you may have.

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