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7-Day Invasive Plant Training

Participants Tell All!

“I would definitely recommend this program to others – all forest techs should have this!”

Train Prgm09Duncan017_ESellentin“I’m very pleased to have participated, and even more pleased that there are now so many people out there working against the spread of invasive plants. Thanks for the opportunity and the good work you do.”

Train Prgm09Castlegar_013_JCraig“The instructor had great knowledge and depth of knowledge. I learned a lot.”

Train Prgm10WLake010_CKoot“I feel so prepared – as though I could actually go to work and know what to do!”

“The training went by so fast.  I wish there was more!”

Interesting Tidbits:

84% of 2009 exam writers passed the Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weeds Pesticide Applicator Exam.

54% of respondents in a recent poll indicated that they had found work in a field related to invasive plant management.

The Invasive Plant Training Program was created as part of the provincial government’s commitment to help unemployed resource workers re-train and find jobs, specifically those living in resource-based communities. Through field and classroom components, participants learn invasive plant identification, inventory skills, monitoring techniques, and tools of integrated pest management.

The Invasive Plant Training Program successfully delivered 20 workshops for unemployed resource workers in 2010, to make a total of 31 workshops over its 1.5-year span.

ISC staff coordinated three different types of workshops in 2010: seven-day programs, one-day refreshers, and eight-day pilot sessions for Aboriginal Peoples and ranchers. In 2009, over 200 individuals participated in the program, with a total of 469 individuals over the course of the entire program period. Participants gained valuable work skills, and increased awareness and understanding of invasive plant issues. Many successful participants were employed by the Hot Spots operational program.

This training program was delivered in the following 19 communities across BC between 2009 and 2010: Williams Lake, Cranbrook, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Whistler, Abbotsford, Terrace, Kamloops, Nelson, 100 Mile House, Lillooet, Prince George, Penticton, Powell River, Courtenay, Campbell River, Duncan, Castlegar, and Quesnel.

Thank you to the province’s Community Development Trust for funding this amazing skills development program!

This program requires further funding resources to be offered in the future. Please enquire with the ISC office for more information on future training programs.


In Your Words...

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

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