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Participants Tell All!

“Very organized.  Great presentation, pace and discussion.”

“I will be more pro-active and more involved with my contractors.”

“Liked the interaction with local stakeholders involved with invasive plants.”

“You’re doing good work!  Great knowledge, and up to date material.”

The ISC partners with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to deliver ‘Weeds and Roads’ training workshops to highway contractors across BC.

As part of this training program, ISC staff developed a “Best Practices for Managing Invasive Plants on Roadsides: A Pocket Guide for British Columbia's Maintenance Contractors.”  This pocket guide for roadside workers explains, with text, diagrams and tables, the best practices for managing invasive plants during maintenance activities. This resource also provides identification and management information about 33 of the most problematic roadside invasive plants in BC, and is available to view under Resources

Contact ISC to find out how to get involved.

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Weeds and Roads workshop. Photo: Lisa Scott

In Your Words...

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

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