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Outreach Program

The ISC delivered a province-wide Outreach Program in the spring and fall of 2010 as part of the Hot Spots program, funded by Western Economic Diversification. This Outreach Program placed 28 outreach workers with 14 Regional Committees around BC.

With the guidance of the coordinating committee, outreach workers performed presentations, wrote news releases, manned displays, and supported community weed pulls with a special focus on students and community groups. These workers exceeded original expectations of the program, by making over 36,598 direct contacts in 175 communities in BC!

To support this outreach initiative, ISC has developed a Youth School Program that includes lesson plans for teachers, and a youth activity book, stickers, rulers, and tattoos for kids. See the Youth School Program and “Invader Rangers” section for fun online activities created for grades 4-7 as well as curricula for teachers!

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Outreach Program in the Northwest region. Photo: Wendy Seimens

In Your Words...

  • “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

  • “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

  • "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

  • “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

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