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Ebulletin - November 2013

Winterize your boat


The holiday season is a time of gifts, joy, and family gatherings. We encourage you to help youth get involved in making a difference in their school or community to reduce the impacts caused by invasive species. All donations receive a charitable tax receipt in support of education and awareness programs (learn more here).

A Draft Communications Framework for invasive species in BC requires your input—see below for details.

Planning is full steam ahead as we anticipate the ISCBC Public Forum & AGM: Invasive 2014 in January! Registration is OPEN, so be sure to take advantage of early bird rates until Nov. 30th. Highlights include a special pre-forum workshop: ‘Agriculture and Responding to Invasive Species,' or join the post-forum workshop wtih a special focus on horticulture and 'PlantWise Gardening.'

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Draft Communications Framework for invasive species in BC: Input Needed and Important

‘Agriculture and Responding to Invasive Species’ focus of ISCBC Pre-Forum Workshop

ISCBC a Mentor for the 2013 BC Green Games

Integrated Pest Management Regulation Consultation

Invasive Species Centre names new Executive Director

Invasive aquatic species investigated by DFO

Sea Lampreys' Sexy Secret? Bile Salt

Study challenges prevailing view of invasive species


Video: Japanese knotweed damages British property

Purple loosestrife's climate adaptation key to its spread


Winterize your Boat and Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species


Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants during Forest Management Activities

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Northwest Invasive Plant Council Fall Meeting, Prince George, BC, Nov. 20, 2013

Regional Invasive Species Strategy for Metro Vancouver 2nd Stakeholder Meeting, Surrey, BC, Dec. 3, 2013

Great Basin Consortium Conference, Nevada, Reno
Dec. 9-10, 2013

ISCBC Public Forum & AGM: Invasives 2014, Richmond, BC, Jan. 21 – 23, 2014

54th Canadian Weed Science Society (CWSS) Annual Meeting with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), Vancouver, BC, Feb. 3-4, 2014

Northern Rockies Invasive Plant Council (NRIPC) Conference, Spokane, WA, Feb. 10-13, 2014

12th Annual Tamarisk Coalition Conference, Grand Junction, CO, Feb. 18-20, 2014

4th International Symposium on Weeds & Invasive Plants, Montpellier, France, May 18 - 23th 2014

8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah
March 24 - 26, 2015

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Draft Communications Framework for invasive species in BC: INPUT NEEDED AND IMPORTANT:

A draft Communications Framework for Invasive Species in BC is now needing important input through a province-wide consultation process. Your participation is vital to its success—thank you in advance for your time and feedback!

Written input will be received until Monday, November 22nd, 2013, at which time the consultation process will be complete. Please send feedback to: communications@bcinvasives.ca

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Forum‘Agriculture and Responding to Invasive Species’ focus of ISCBC Pre-Forum Workshop

Held in conjunction with the ISCBC’s Public Forum & AGM: Invasives 2014, the Pre-Forum Workshop will explore a range of invasive plant issues affecting agriculture in BC.

During the workshop, participants will hear from a series of speakers about the status of ‘weeds in the agriculture field’, emerging biocontrol tools, dealing with ’weeds in the ditches’, etc. There will also be a think-tank session to share solutions, and identify future key topics.

Register today! Enjoy early bird registration until November 30th. Stay tuned for more special highlights as planning continues.Pre-forum workshop

Integrated Pest Management Regulation Consultation

The Ministry of Environment invites you to submit comments on the proposed changes to the Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IPMR). These changes ensure that most pesticides used in landscaped areas are applied by trained people. Amendments to the regulation will also: require all people applying pesticides to public land, rights-of-way, forest land, or on a fee-for-service basis, be trained; change the way Domestic class pesticides are sold; and update the list of Excluded class pesticides.

The proposed regulatory changes are outlined in the policy Intentions paper available through the Integrated Pest Management Program website. Comments may be sent on or before December 8, 2013, to Cindy Bertram of C. Rankin & Associates, who has been contracted to manage consultation comments, at: cindybertram@shaw.ca.

directorISCBC a Mentor for the 2013 BC Green Games!

This year, the ISCBC is pleased to support the Green Games, a Science World initiative designed to motivate action, facilitate sharing, and reward the green efforts of schools throughout BC. ISCBC will serve as a mentor for schools wishing to research, identify and remove invasive species in their communities.

Science World is beginning year six of its annual BC Green Games contest. Schools have until November 30th to register, and can select from a list of mentors to support their action projects promoting energy conservation, sustainability and environmental stewardship.

green games

dfoInvasive aquatic species investigated by DFO
Oct. 29, 2013, CBC News:

Department of Fisheries and Oceans biologists are investigating invasive species in the Bay of Fundy this week.

Aquatic Invasive Species Program biologists Benedikte Vercaemer and Dawn Sephton are looking for creatures that can clog a harbour or shut down a business.

Latest News


lampreySea Lampreys' Sexy Secret? Bile Salt
Oct. 15, 2013, LiveScience, by Douglas Main:

Nothing says "I'm single and ready to mingle" like a dose of salty digestive fluid. For sea lampreys, anyway.

Male sea lampreys use a type of bile salt, which is more typically known for digesting fats, to advertise their genetic fitness to females and readiness to mate, new research shows. This stands in contrast to silver lampreys, which use the enzyme for digestion and other nonsexual functions, said Weiming Li, a researcher at Michigan State University.

Latest News

watermilfoilStudy challenges prevailing view of invasive species
Oct. 25, 2013, Phys.org, by Adam Hinterthuer:

Zebra mussels. Asian carp. Kudzu. Chances are you recognize these names as belonging to invasive species—plants or animals that are relocated from their native habitat to a foreign land, only to prove so prolific that they take over their new home. Except that's not how the story usually goes, according to a new study.

Latest News


loosestrifePurple loosestrife's climate adaptation key to its spread
Oct. 18, 2013, CBC News, by Emily Chung:

The ability to adapt to drastically different climates within a short period, like decades, is a key factor that allowed the invasive species purple loosestrife to spread so widely, a new study has found. The discovery suggests we may need to alter our strategies if we want to control these new arrivals.

Latest News

VideoVideo: Japanese knotweed damages British property
The BBC One Show

This news video investigates the story of a Hertfordshire couple who have lost £250,000 on their family home due to damage caused by Japanese Knotweed. The threat of damage from Japanese knotweed has recently seen some mortgage companies in Britain refusing to lend on properties that are affected by Japanese Knotweed. Local Authorities are also refusing planning permission to infested areas. Japanese knotweed targets the weakest points and will attempt to grow through them; including concrete!Latest News

directorInvasive Species Centre names new Executive Director
Aug. 15, 2013, Invasive Species Centre News Release:

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON. — The Invasive Species Centre (ISC), a leader in facilitating invasive species prevention, detection and response, announced Dilhari Fernando as the ISC’s new Executive Director.Director



Fire antWinterize your Boat and Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

It’s time to start winterizing, and for boat owners and lakeside residents, this involves removing piers, docks, and boats from the water. Beware of invasive hitchhikers!

Invasive pests might have attached themselves to equipment submerged under water during the summer. Fall is the perfect time to thoroughly inspect your boat and equipment for aquatic invasive species—especially zebra and quagga mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and D. bugensis)—a high alert species in BC. Latest News

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