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European fire ants invading Richmond

April 7, 2014, Richmond Review, by Martin van den Hemel:

The European fire ant is invading Richmond, and the biologist who identified the species when it was first collected from a North Vancouver home in 2010, said holding them off has proven difficult thus far.

But Thompson Rivers University professor Rob Higgins said he’s working on a technique that holds some promise.


Volunteers sought April 26th Earth Day Shoreline Restoration Event in Nelson

April 14, 2014, Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Council:

The Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Council, Friends of Kootenay Lake, and the City of Nelson are teaming up to host an Earth Day Shoreline Restoration Event on April 26th in Nelson, B.C. This will be an exciting opportunity for community members to do something positive for Kootenay Lake on Earth Day. The event will include the removal of the invasive plant, common tansy, and restoration of the site with native willow and red-­‐osier dogwood. By reducing the amount of invasive plants along the shores of Kootenay Lake we can help to protect the lakes immense values.


European Parliament adopts legislation to tackle invasive alien species at EU level

April 16, 2014, IUCN: 

The European Parliament today adopted legislative plans to prevent the introduction and manage the spread in the EU of invasive alien species (IAS) of plants, animals or insects that cause ecological and economic damage. The legislation aims to tackle the threat through better, more coordinated action by member states, and provides for a ban on species declared to be of “Union concern”.


Friends fight park invaders

April 13, 2014, Vernon Morning Star:

Efforts are underway to slow down the invasion of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.


Maple Ridge working on knotweed strategy

April 11, 2014, Maple Ridge News, by Phil MeInychuk:

Maple Ridge does have a Japanese knotweed problem, council heard Monday. And that’s why it’s working on a noxious weed control strategy that should be ready in a few months.


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  • “Working with the Hot Spots crew in Saanich in 2010, we practiced different methods to treat knotweed with glyphosate using the injection gun on several sites. With these skills I was able to implement Saanich's first knotweed eradication pesticide treatment program for private properties.”

    Donna Wong, Environmental Stewardship Officer, District of Saanich

  • "We had a great hike at Kenna Cartwright Park. The kids built a snowman and we all enjoyed the views. The outreach worker showed us some plants that don't belong in the park, gave us info about them and what to do about them, and gave us all some cool gifts from the Invasive Plant Council. Thank you!"

    Susan Hammond, Kamloops Young Naturalist Club

  • “I am impressed with the coverage of the GIS mapping data now available. I will be developing an Invasive Species Management Plan for Pacific Spirit over the next several years and these maps will help as a coarse indication of current conditions, and in guiding initial inventory and monitoring efforts.”

    Markus Merkens, Pacific Spirit Park area manager, Metro Vancouver

  • “Thank you for orchestrating access to the Hot Spots crew for GINPR.  This crew allowed us to move the restoration project on Princess Margaret ahead by months if not by years.”

    Wayne Bourque, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Parks Canada

  • “Parks Canada and Canadians have benefited from the partnership to have on-the-ground Hot Spots crews, and we would be happy to work with a crew in the future at one of our many national parks and national historic sites that are in need of invasive plant management.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • “Our crew has finished their work at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. I want to thank you, on behalf of Parks Canada, for providing the crew to us. They were well-trained and got a lot of important restoration work done in our nationally-important heritage areas.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

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