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I will now be able to identify invasive plants and forward that information on.”

“The instructor’s in depth knowledge and ability to answer all questions thrown her way, made for an enlightening and relevant experience.”

“I loved everything!  This was a great day of learning and review!  Well done.  Kudos to both instructors and to the excellent BMP booklet!”

“Best part of the course was the interaction – a weed course was enjoyable!”

“Now I’m motivated to look more closely at weed management.”

BCParks-PocketguideBC Parks and the ISC worked together to deliver specialized training programs in 10 BC provincial parks between June and September of 2011. These workshops received great feedback from participants! ISC trainers guided one-day workshops, encouraging parks employees to spot, report, and use best practices to limit the introduction and spread of invasive plants.

As part of this project ISC staff produced a pocket guide, “Best Management Practices for Invasive Plants in Parks and Protected Areas of British Columbia,” modelled on the MoT Best Practices Guide.

This pocket guide informs BC Parks staff and contractors on best management practices for managing invasive plants in BC Parks and protected areas, and is viewable online under Resources.

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BC Parks best practices training in Williams Lake. Photo: ISC

In Your Words...

  • "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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

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