Vancouver Sun, June 25, 2015, by Randy Shore: Dozens of non-native invasive plants and animals are established in British Columbia, arriving on the wind, in nursery plants, soil and on improperly cleaned boats. Invasives are more than a nuisance, costing millions in crop losses, ruined infrastructure and threatening natural biodiversity, according to the Invasive Species Council of B.C.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 24, 2015—Quesnel: The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has committed an additional $2.25 million over the next three years to reduce the spread of invasive species in B.C.
KelownaNow, June 24, 2015 by Cassandra Jeffery: The spread of invasive plants will be nipped in the bud thanks to a $2.25 million investment from the provincial government.
Nanaimo Daily News, June 18, 2015, by Darrell Bellaart: It may be pretty but the leafy, green Japanese plant knotweed is targeted for elimination in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach.
Infonews.ca, June 18, 2015, by Adam Proskiw—KELOWNA: Conservation officers in Kelowna decontaminated a boat June 18th which came to the Okanagan from an Ontario lake known to be infested with invasive mussels.
Environmental Defence Statement, June 18, 2015—Toronto, ON: Environmental Defence applauds the Government of Canada for new regulations that would protect Canadian waters from dangerous aquatic invasive species like Asian carp and zebra mussels.
Kelowna Capital News, June 20, 2015: Just as tourists start to flood into the Okanagan for the start of beach season, the invasive aquatic weed, Eurasian Watermilfoil has decided to make an early appearance in valley lakes.
KelownaNow/World News, June 21, 2015, by Stacy Penner: A new study declares that a mass extinction is already in the works. The researchers behind a new study are calling for action to conserve threatened species, populations, and habitat, but they warn that the opportunity is already closing.
Government of Canada News Release, June 17, 2015—Ottawa: The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced that new regulations to strengthen the prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Canadian waters have come into force.
Kelowna Now, June 16, 2015 by Cassandra Jeffery: A pesky and invasive aquatic weed has decided to set up camp a little early in Okanagan waters, causing a plethora of problems for beach goers and aquatic life alike.
Powell River Peak, June 17, 2015 by Mel Edgar: To raise awareness, Invasive Species Council of BC has dedicated June Invasive Species Action Month. In Powell River, residents have long fought the battle against invasive species—Scotch broom, English ivy, Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed—along highways, as well as in parks, aquatic areas and gardens.
Kamloops This Week, June 14, 2015: The Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s invasive plant brochure is now available. The brochure, a project of the TNRD’s invasive plant committee, includes information on assistance and programs available for rural landowners.
The Free Press, June 15, 2015 by Sarah Kucharski: Security measures have been taken to ensure that the invasive zebra and quagga mussels continue to make no appearance in British Columbia’s waters.
Macleans, June 12, 2015, by Ken MacQueen: Japanese knotweed is in nearly all our provinces. And the threat is real: it can lower house prices, threaten our bridges, and drive men to madness.
Pentiction Infonews.ca, June 12, 2015: “IS B.C. NOT WORTH IT TO YOU?” THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - A frustrated Vernon man has sent an open letter to Premier Christy Clark about invasive mussels, and he didn’t hold back.
Victoria Times Colonist, June 11, 2015, by Jack Knox: Was tending the tomato plants, feeling vaguely Amish, when something scaly and reptilian skittered up the rock wall. I stuck my head in the house: “Vladimir Putin is in the garden.” She shook her head: “European wall lizard.”
The Province, June 6, 2015, by Gordon McIntyre: Turtles, turtles, nah, nah, nah. Not in Metro Vancouver lakes, anyway, not if they’ve come from your aquarium.
Global News, June 6, 2015, by Megan Turcato: The Ministry of Environment says a provincial inspection in Penticton on May 29 of a boat that had been in Lake Winnipeg turned up dead invasive mussels.
KamloopsBCNow, June 7, 2015 by Jamie Shinkewski: The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is offering information about invasive plants for rural homeowners.
The Globe and Mail, June 7, 2015, by Justine Hunter: VICTORIA—With the start of summer boating season in British Columbia’s freshwater lakes, the annual game of chance begins: The provincial government is gambling that it can prevent any boats contaminated with invasive mussels from launching within its borders.
Phys.org, June 3, 2015 by Ursula Basinger: Declines in native biodiversity can open opportunities for imported species to not only grab a foothold in a new territory, but also to evolve into invasive pests. The evolution of an invasive plant is likely aided by the decline of native species, new research led by University of Arizona scientists shows.
Penticton Western News, June 3, 2015: This weekend, the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society is hosting a community enhancement day in a little-known wetland area near Penticton.
Castanet.com/Kelowna News, June 5, 2015, by Darren Handschuh: The Okanagan Basin Water Board has given notice it will not be responsible for “for the long-term treatment, mitigation or control of zebra or quagga mussels if the province fails to enact appropriate prevention measures” to keep the invasive species out of area lakes.
Georgia Straight, June 2, 2015, by Stephen Hui: Invasive animal and plant species are a multimillion-dollar problem in British Columbia, and you may be partly to blame for their spread.
VICTORIA - The B.C. government has proclaimed June 2015 to be “Invasive Species Action Month” to raise awareness of the environmental and economic damage that invasive plants and animals can cause if they become established in British Columbia.
The BC Communications Framework on Invasive Species is a valuable, voluntary reference for all BC stakeholders developing communications plans related to invasive species.
The Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia is a strategic framework for improved invasive species management in British Columbia. It offers a foundation for invasive species work across BC and is the basis for our programs and efforts.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 24, 2015 – Williams Lake, BC: Campers, fieldworkers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts are being cautioned to clean their gear and not transport invasive species during the final week of June’s Invasive Species Action Month.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 17, 2015 – Williams Lake, BC: Boats entering British Columbia waters will face closer scrutiny to prevent aquatic invasive species, and BC boaters are being encouraged to always Clean, Drain and Dry their boats as June’s Invasive Species Action Month highlights aquatics this week.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 10, 2015 – Williams Lake, BC—During Invasive Species Action Month this June, BC gardeners are becoming more PlantWise about making wise choices to stop the spread of invasive species, with the majority of garden stores choosing to not sell invasive plants.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 1, 2015 – Williams Lake: To get British Columbians active in preventing and stopping the spread of harmful invasive species in our province, the BC government has officially declared the entire month of June as Invasive Species Action Month. Invasive species threaten BC’s environment, economy and society, including human health, but stopping invasive species is possible if we take action now to prevent, detect and manage invasive species.
The BC Invasive Species Council applauds the Province of British Columbia for its announcement today that BC is expanding its actions to prevent invasive mussels from entering the province’s waters.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Mar. 16, 2015 - Williams Lake: The Invasive Species Council of BC has teamed up with BC Girl Guides to create a new Alien Invader Challenge program that introduces girls and young women from age 5 to 18 to the harm that invasive species can cause and what they can do to limit their spread.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 21, 2015 – Richmond, BC: The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) congratulates the winners of the first annual Together in Action Awards, celebrating the work of those preventing or reducing the impact of invasive species in British Columbia.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 20, 2015 - Richmond, BC: Delegates from across British Columbia are gathering this week in Richmond to discuss ways to prevent, detect and manage invasive species that affect BC’s economy, environment and society. The 10th anniversary forum, INVASIVES 2015, features workshops, discussions, learning sessions, and updates on what groups around the province are doing to target invasive species.
ISCBC requests input and support to build a response on the draft federal Aquatic Invasive Species Regulation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 10, 2014 – Williams Lake, BC: In support of the federal government’s announcement last week of new regulations to deal with aquatic invasive species, the Invasive Species Council of BC today called on the federal government to expand their list of invasive species, to commit financial resources to implement the regulations, and to have these regulations in place by the start of boating season this coming spring.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 10, 2014 – Williams Lake, BC: Following last month’s Weeds Across Borders, the bi-annual gathering of professionals and organizations working in invasive species management from Canada, the United States and Mexico, a North America Invasive Species Framework will be created to link existing federal plans, national strategies, and to identify shared priorities and monitoring indicators to prevent and contain invasive species across the continent.
A call for applications is underway for communications experts working in invasive species to serve on the new independent Communications Review Panel, that will review and coordinate invasive species communications in BC.
The Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC), in partnership with TransCanada Corporation is pleased to announce a new training program on invasive species in BC, with a special focus on BC’s North, titled "Invasive Species in BC—You Can Help Prevent the Spread!"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 10, 2014 – Williams Lake, BC: Professionals and organizations working in invasive species management from Canada, the United States and Mexico will gather in Ottawa for Weeds Across Borders from October 14-17, 2014, an international conference about preventing and stopping invasive species from spreading.
ISCBC News Release, August 28, 2014: WILLIAMS LAKE — The Invasive Species Council of BC today applauded actions by Alberta and BC which ensured that boats being moved from Lake Ontario to Victoria last weekend were stopped and inspected for zebra mussels, proving that inter-province cooperation to prevent the spread of aquatic species is working.
ISCBC News Release, June 9, 2014, WILLIAMS LAKE—To draw attention to the dangers of introducing or spreading invasive species in British Columbia, the BC government has officially declared June 9-15, 2014 as Invasive Species Week across the province.
MFLNRO News Release, May 9, 2014: VICTORIA – The provincial government is providing over $1.6 million in new grants to control the spread of invasive plants, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.
ISCBC News Release, April 23, 2014: WILLIAMS LAKE—A provincial program that helps both consumers and industry make wise choices to stop the spread of invasive species is expanding this year. The 2014 PlantWise program, coordinated by the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, helps both industry and consumers understand which plants are invasive, supporting the horticulture industry’s transition to becoming invasive-free, and building consumer demand for non-invasive plants.
April 3, 2014: The Invasive Species Council of BC commends the Burnaby garden centre which recently went public about its troubles with an infestation of European fire ants. GardenWorks talked to local media to highlight why it’s so important for gardeners and the horticultural industry to be aware of the dangers of invasive species to our province.
ISCBC News Release Mar. 24, 2014: WILLIAMS LAKE—Detection, team work and new provincial regulations successfully worked together to prevent a mussel infested boat from entering BC last week.
ISCBC News Release, June 3, 2013: WILLIAMS LAKE—Invasive species week is here! On June 10th – 17th, show your commitment to BC’s natural areas by getting involved.
ISCBC News Release, Feb. 12, 2013: WILLIAMS LAKE—The introduction and spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) could not only cost BC residents millions of dollars, but the variety of impacts that AIS will have on the ecosystem could be devastating.
ISCBC News Release, May 18, 2012: WILLIAMS LAKE—The aggressive snakehead fish has been reported in Burnaby’s Central Park lagoon. The impressive and highly toxic Giant hogweed is found in many public areas in the Lower Mainland. What two things do these have in common? Both are invasive and not native to BC, and are intentionally transported and introduced by people.
ISCBC News Release, Feb. 29, 2012: WILLIAMS LAKE—Seedy Saturdays are happening all over British Columbia, giving keen gardeners and growers a chance to share ideas, advice, plants, and seeds. At these events you can find some rare heritage crop varieties. You can also find ornamental plants or plants with reported medicinal value.
IPCBC News Release, Jan. 24, 2012: WILLIAMS LAKE—Announcing the new “Invasive Species Council of British Columbia” — to be unveiled during the highly anticipated “Shutting Out Invaders” Forum, January 24-26th.
IPCBC News Release, June 30, 2011: WILLIAMS LAKE—Through a partnership between the Williams Lake Indian Band, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), formerly known as Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia, a new provincial Aboriginal Toolkit is now released to assist Aboriginal communities across BC reduce the impact of invasive plants on traditional, reserve, and adjacent lands.
IPCBC News Release, May 9, 2011: WILLIAMS LAKE—Non-native aquatic plants, popular in the new and trendy water gardens, are escaping into natural environments and posing a serious threat to the health of Canada’s aquatic ecosystems. The National Invasive Species Working Group (NISWG) believes Canadians need to be aware of the risks posed by these plants becoming invasive in wetlands and waterways.
IPCBC News Release, April 4, 2011: WILLIAMS LAKE—The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), and Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia (IPCBC) have partnered on the development and release of an innovative BC Invasive Plant Core Ranking Process that will help land managers make effective invasive plant management decisions.
IPCBC News Release, Jan. 21, 2011: WILLIAMS LAKE—The “Invasion of the Aliens!” public forum, hosted by the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia January 18-19, 2011, marked the transition of the Council toward invasive species and generated buzz on new initiatives raising public awareness in BC.
IPCBC News Release, Jan. 14, 2011: WILLIAMS LAKE—To address invasive species threatening BC, the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia will host a highly anticipated public forum, “Invasion of the Aliens!” January 18-19th, 2011.
IPCBC News Release, May 14, 2010: WILLIAMS LAKE—With the approach of International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22nd, the time is right to start focusing on the early detection of invasive alien species—the second biggest threat to biodiversity worldwide. Most notably, the spreading Invasive ornamental plant, Giant hogweed, causes long-lasting skin damage.
IPCBC News Release, April 19, 2010: WILLIAMS LAKE—The Board of Directors for the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia (IPCBC) appoints Kristy Palmantier as the newly elected Chair for the 2010-12 term.
IPCBC News Release, Mar. 5, 2010: WILLIAMS LAKE—Are you looking for job opportunities? Out-of-work resource workers in communities across BC can develop new, valuable skills with a seven-day Invasive Plant Training Program starting this April.
IPCBC News Release, Feb. 15, 2010: WILLIAMS LAKE—N.A.T.S. Nursery and GardenWorks were two Lower Mainland businesses to receive special recognition awards during the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia’s (IPCBC) Annual Public Forum, “Unique Habitats, Unique Challenges,” held at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, January 19th to 20th, 2010.
IPCBC News Release, Jan. 13, 2010: WILLIAMS LAKE—The Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia will host a highly anticipated “Unique Habitats, Unique Challenges” forum in Richmond, January 19th to 20th to address issue of invasive plants in British Columbia.
IPCBC News Release, Oct. 2, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—Displaced resource workers in Duncan and communities across BC developed new, valuable skills during an innovative Invasive Plant Training Program offered recently by the Invasive Plant Council of BC in collaboration with regional invasive plant committees.
IPCBC News Release, Sept. 30, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—Hot Spots ‘Action Now!’ crews are creating short-term jobs for more than 100 unemployed resource workers in communities across BC.
IPCBC News Release, July 8, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—Are you looking for job opportunities? Out-of-work resource workers in communities across BC can develop new, valuable skills with a free seven-day Invasive Plant Training Program that begins this July.
IPCBC News Release, May 11, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—It’s never been easier to report invasive plants. The Invasive Plant Council of BC is pleased to announce the establishment of a provincial toll free hotline, 1-888-WEEDSBC, to which callers can report invasive plants and make a difference in their community.
IPCBC News Release, May 7, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—Invasive alien species is the international focus for May 22, UN International Day for Biological Diversity. In Canada, invasive species councils, committees, and coalitions from recently formed a National Invasive Species Working Group to work together to reduce the impact of invasive species across the country.
IPCBC News Release, Feb. 6, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—To address the growing issue of invasive plants, more than 125 experts as well as a diversity of high caliber speakers in the field of invasive plant management attended the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia’s (IPCBC) Annual Public Forum and AGM, “Stop the Spread,” held at the Delta Airport Hotel in Richmond, January 20 to 21st.
IPCBC News Release, Feb. 2, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—Signing a memorandum of support between British Columbia, Alberta, and Australia on January 19th, 2009 renewed the commitment among invasive plant and species councils from across Canada and beyond to build future collaborations and strategies that improve invasive plant management beyond borders.
IPCBC News Release, Jan. 15, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—The Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia will host an informative “Stop the Spread” forum in Richmond, January 20 to 21, 2009, to address growing issue of invasive plants in British Columbia.
IPCBC News Release, Nov. 7th, 2008: WILLIAMS LAKE—More than 100 participants enjoyed a successful international research forum Oct. 29th-30th at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, where discussions on the growing issue of invasive plants on fragile ecosystems in British Columbia helped to identify both current research projects and future priorities for invasive plant management.
IPCBC News Release, Oct. 23, 2008: WILLIAMS LAKE—The Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia (IPCBC), a grassroots, non-profit society working collaboratively to build cooperation and coordination of invasive plant management in British Columbia, is hosting an international research forum on Oct. 29th – 30th at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.
IPCBC News Release, July 28, 2008: WILLIAMS LAKE—More than 45 enthusiastic participants joined the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee (CCCIPC) on July 24th for an engaging field tour and Annual General Meeting (AGM) to address the threat of invasive plants in the south Cariboo.
IPCBC News Release, June 13, 2008: WILLIAMS LAKE— A field tour of the East Kootenay region on June 10th showcased successes of local invasive plant management projects, with more than 35 participants representing the Invasive Plant Council of BC; local, provincial, and federal government; industry (ranching, agriculture, forestry); regional weed committees; biologists; and naturalists.
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.
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