Western Morning News (UK), Sept. 23, 2015: A superbug has been imported to Britain and released in the hope of stopping the rampant spread of one of the biggest garden menaces - Japanese Knotweed.
Invasive Species Centre, Sept. 22, 2015: It's National Forest Week September 20 to 26, 2015. At one time, wildfires controlled Mountain Pine Beetle naturally, but modern fire suppression efforts have increased Mountain Pine Beetle spread. Learn all the facts on Mountain Pine Beetle.
Canada Free Press, Sept. 21, 2015, by Wes Porter: By a strange turn of fate, Canada’s Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea, is assisting France in its battle the invasive and aggressive Asia hornet.
Labratory Equipment/Virginia Tech, Sept. 22, 2015: The rapid spread of a highly destructive invasive species that threatens tomato crops has prompted a Virginia Tech scientist to lead the charge in issuing a set of recommendations, including quarantine measures, designed to thwart the advance of the pest around the globe.
Portland Forecaster, Sept. 21, 2015 by Colin Ellis: PORTLAND — When the Department of Environmental Protection called for help, seventh-graders at King Middle School answered. The DEP asked a group of students at the school to build 35 submersible, remotely operated vehicles to investigate invasive species of aquatic plants.
Oregonlive.com/The Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2015, by BILLINGS, Mont. —The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections following a costly effort to reverse the species' decline without reshaping the region's economy.
Oregonlive.com, Sept. 21, 2015, by Kelly House: DREWSEY – The ranchers here gauge the status of Harney County's greater sage grouse population by sight.
Huffpost Alberta/The Canadian Press, Sept. 22, 2015: HIGH RIVER, Alta. — There's something fishy about the storm water ponds in a town in southern Alberta.
Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Aug. 26, 2015, by Barry Coulter: It may strike one as surreal, but in the midst of an on-going awareness campaign about invasive species and an on-going battle against them, some of these species are for sale to gardeners in the East Kootenay.
Capital Press, Sept. 3, 2015, by Eric Mortenson: USDA chief Tom Vilsack has announced a $211 million boost to the Sage Grouse Initiative. Oregon ranchers say greater sage grouse collaboration with federal agencies is paying off.
Sooke News Mirror, Sept. 16, 2015: Juvenile frogs and amphibians are hitting the road for their fall migration. But what’s hitting them? Habitat Acquisition Trust is asking for the public’s help to report any observations of frogs and salamanders crossings this fall, to help it identify the major problem sites, and develop a mitigation plan for reducing this impact.
Nature World News, by Samantha Mathewson, Sept. 17, 2015: Eurasian birds are invading North America, and it is having a negative effect on native species. According to a University of Tennessee at Knoxville study, warming climates allow various species to get closer to and even cross the Bering Strait--that natural barrier, roughly 50 miles wide, that connects the Pacific and Arctic oceans between Russia and Alaska.
Osoyoos Times, Sept. 16, 2015 by Keith Lacey: A pilot research project designed to tackle the problems associated with the insidious growth of an invasive weed species in and around Osoyoos is showing promising results.
CBC News, Sept. 15, 2015: Limax Maximus, literally the biggest slug, is a ferociously speedy nocturnal predator with an interesting sex life according to a biologist in the Comox Valley.
Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Sept. 1, 2015 by Carolyn Grant: This past summer, a unique noxious weed trial involving target-grazing goats was performed on the St. Mary Band lands.
Powell River Peak, by Paul Galinski, Sept. 2, 2015: City of Powell River Council will be receiving a report recommending a concerted effort be made and long-term funding be allocated to controlling invasive species.
Kootenay News Advertiser, Sept. 4, 2015: Invasive plants are all around the City of Cranbrook and can pose a serious threat to wildlife, the economy, recreation and the environment.
Kelowna Now, Sept. 3, 2015 by Cassandra Jeffery: Thanks to solid communication, British Columbia’s invasive mussel defence program experienced a successful pilot year, inspecting over 3,200 boats in the process.
Smithsonian.com, Sept. 9, 2015 by Marissa Fessenden: The phrase "breed like rabbits" does have a basis in biological fact: Rabbits are pretty good at reaching sexual maturity quickly and producing a lot of offspring. That’s why the little critters can create big problems when they reach a land where they weren’t meant to be. Rabbits, though cute, are some of the world’s worst invasive species.
Peace Arch News, Sept. 10, 2015, by Melissa Smalley: Despite concerns from residents who have spotted Japanese knotweed around White Rock, staff say eradication efforts over the past two years have been successful at working towards getting rid of the invasive plant.
The Osoyoos Times, Sept. 10, 2015: Invasive mussels have been intercepted on boats coming into B.C. from outside the province this summer.
CBC News, Sept. 11, 2015: A lookout alert has been issued warning Albertans to watch out for Jimsonweed; a large, smelly and potentially deadly plant that appears to be putting down roots in northern Alberta.
Vernon Morning Star, Sept. 13, 2015: Keynote speakers and provincial and regional representatives will be gathering at an aquatic invasive species forum. The Columbia-Shuswap Invasive Species Society will hold a discussion on aquatic invasive species initiatives Sept. 22 in Salmon Arm.
The Journal Pioneer, Sept. 14, 2015, by Maureen Coulter: Watershed group develops invasive species identification program to help the P.E.I. Invasive Species Council.
Smithsonian.com, Sept. 10, 2015 by Marissa Fessenden: Researchers may have discovered a way to combat invasive ant species and the solution just might help honeybees as well.
Penticton - InfoTel News, Sept. 4, 2015, by Steve Arstad: NARAMATA - A biologist from Thompson Rivers University has made some progress in his battle to stop an invasive species of fire ant from gaining a foot hold in the South Okanagan.
Kootenay News Advertiser, Sept. 4, 2015: It is inspiring to see what can be achieved when various groups get together for a common goal. We all appreciate the natural beauty, biodiversity, and resources in the East Kootenay region and we all need to protect these values. Invasive plants are a threat to our environment, economy, and social aspects, but we need to work collaboratively to effectively manage these weeds.
Tamworth Herald (UK), Sept. 8, 2015: Does your garden contain the 'thug' of the plant world - Japanese knotweed? If so, you could have a huge problem. Here are five things you need to know.
The Rossland Telegraph, Aug. 27, 2015: We all know the saying “One bad apple can spoil the bunch”; well, one mussel‐infested boat can devastate a province! It was a close call for BC waterways last week when a boat carrying zebra mussels was detected and decontaminated in Kelowna by one of six provincial Conservation Officer Service roving boat inspection crews.
Wildlife Forever, Aug. 7, 2015, Brooklyn Center, MN – Wired2Fish, America’s leading fishing content guru joined forces with Wildlife Forever’s Clean Drain Dry Initiative to spread good conservation with prevention of invasive species.
Peace Arch News, Aug. 25, 2015, by Melissa Smalley: A South Surrey resident is raising the alarm over an invasive plant he recently discovered near his home.
Globe and Mail, Aug. 16, 2015: As much of Western Canada faces worsening drought, the region’s forests are drying out – and as the trees dehydrate, they make sounds that attract the kinds of insects that can then kill them off, says a scientist who has studied the phenomenon.
Vernon Morning Star, Aug. 17, 2015: There are some baaaaaaaad weed problems in the Thompson-Okanagan region, and one couple in their 60s have turned to herbivores instead of herbicides to deal with the problem.
Revelstoke Mountaineer, Aug. 13, 2015 by Emily Spiler, Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society: Take a look out your back door to check for this invader. Knotweed is an incredibly invasive perennial, and is classified as “noxious” under the BC Weed Control Act.
Phys.org, Aug. 5, 2015: Now there is a new tool to help in the fight against these non-native pests, developed by three college students during their summer research program at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).
Powell River Peak, Aug. 5, 2015, by Paul Galinksy: Powell River Regional District will be altering its invasive species treatment plan to meet more urgent requirements.
Campbell River Mirror, Aug. 6, 2015, by Kristen Douglas: City staff are recommending city council implement a $40,000 invasive plant plan to help control and eradicate invasive species such as Scotch broom.
CBC News, Aug. 13, 2015: P.E.I.'s first commercial green crab fishery is underway. Fourteen fishermen have been granted licences from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to fish this invasive species until mid-November.
Coast Reporter, Aug. 15, 2015, by Christine Wood: There’s an invasive plant trying to take root on the Coast that produces a highly toxic sap that can cause burns, blisters and even blindness.
Salmon Arm Observer, Aug. 7, 2015: Shuswap residents are encouraged to be on the lookout for, and help remove knotweed.
Weather Network, Aug. 7, 2015, by Leeanna McLean: Fallopia japonica, commonly known as Japanese Knotweed, is one plant you don’t want in your backyard.
National Geographic, Aug. 10, 2015, guest post by Eric Larson, postdoctoral research associate, Shedd Aquarium: With work at Shedd Aquarium focusing on invasive species and the ongoing management and conservation of the Great Lakes, there is a shared interest in answering an important question: how are freshwater invasive species interacting with, and potentially benefitting, each other?
Whistler Question, Aug. 10, 2015, by Alyssa Noel: The Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council (SSISC), along with the Pemberton Farmer’s Institute and the Pemberton Seed Potato Growers Association, are aiming to spread that message to non-farming locals with a new campaign that’s set to launch on Thursday Aug. 13th.
Phys.org, Aug. 11, 2015: A Case Western Reserve University graduate student turned a research paper into a field test that quickly determines whether an Asian carp invading Lake Erie is sterile or can reproduce.
Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Aug. 11, 2015, by Trevor Crawley: Representatives from the agricultural industry brought their concerns over invasive weeds to the RDEK and asked for the enforcement of a bylaw that would allow local government to clear noxious weeds on private property.
CBC News, Aug. 10, 2015: The province of Alberta says mandatory cross-border boat inspections to check for invasive mussels is working well.
CBC News, July 23, 2015: The first P.E.I. Invasive Species Spotter's Network training workshop has started.
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.
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, Aug. 27, 2015, Williams Lake—This season hard-working crews are controlling and stopping the spread of some priority invasive plants in BC's interior—good news for local ranchers.
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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