Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Webinar: Post-launch updates and future plans for InvasivesBC – BC’s newly released invasive species database and mapping application.  

Date: October 19, 2023

Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join the BC Ministry of Forests Invasive Plant Program staff to hear an overview of InvasivesBC, BC’s newly released invasive species database and mapping application which replaced the BC Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) database in June of 2023.  Since InvasivesBC’s successful launch this spring, over 12000 invasive plant observation, treatment or monitoring records have been submitted to the database and many more are expected as the field season winds down and data management ramps up.  This webinar will cover how to obtain access and use the database for those new to the system, and dive into more specific lessons learned and tips and tricks to avoid errors and streamline data entry to support those already using it.  FAQs will be covered as well as an updated release plan for future features and enhancements, including the eagerly awaited mobile application with online and offline capabilities!    

About the presenters:

Crystal Chadburn, PAg is a Professional Agrologist and has worked in the field of invasive plant management in British Columbia for over 18 years. She first began working with invasive plants as consultant in the West Kootenays, then in 2007, she joined the BC Provincial Government as a Range Agrologist in the Chilcotin.  From 2010-2019 Crystal worked as the Environmental Roadside Manager for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure where she provided guidance and expertise on roadside vegetation management across the Province, including managing the Ministry’s Invasive Species Management Program.  In April of 2019, Crystal moved to the BC Ministry of Forests as their Senior Invasive Plant Specialist where she helps lead a team of invasive plant specialists and technicians and supports strategic initiatives and policy development for invasive plant management throughout BC.   Crystal is a member of the British Columbia Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group and a director on the Integrated Vegetation Management Association of BC.   

Brennan Webster has been working for the BC Ministry of Forests Invasive Plant Program since 2019. He began as a Resource Assistant conducting invasive plant surveys and treatments in the field, and over time moved into a position as the program’s Invasive Species Data Specialist, where he can combine his invasive plant management, GIS and database development skill sets.  Brennan has been involved with the development of InvasivesBC for the past couple years, and was a key member of the team leading the transition from the former Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) database over to the new system, both on the development side and as supporting users as needed.  Brennan is originally from Vancouver and moved to Castlegar in 2015 to attend Selkirk College.  

This webinar is approved in British Columbia for 1 Continuing Education Credit (CEC) in the Pest Management category. To qualify for the CEC credit, you must attend the webinar for one hour and answer the quiz at the end. Please contact IVMA or BC with any questions or comments.

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