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Activities T.I.P.S.

TIPSAcluster2010T.I.P.S., or Targeted Invasive Plant Solutions, is a series created as a resource available to the public and to collaborators involved in invasive plant management across the province.

Each T.I.P.S. publication focuses on the best management practices, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles, for either an operational activity or a specific invasive plant species. T.I.P.S. publications are developed with input from a board range of technical and industry advisors to ensure that prevention and management options are comprehensive and current.

Activity-based T.I.P.S. summarize prevention and management options specific to operational activities, as well as provide information on pertinent legislation, impacts of invasive plants, and sources of additional information.

Forestry Operations (pdf - 1.42 MB)
T.I.P.S. A: Forestry Operations provides a general list of prevention and management options for all forestry operations, as well as options specific to harvesting and site preparation, road building and maintenance, and other common forestry operations. Licensees are encouraged to use these T.I.P.S. when developing Standard Operating Procedures under their Forest Stewardship Plans.

Highway Operations (pdf - 1.54 MB)
T.I.P.S. G: Highways Operations provides an overview of roadside maintenance best practices for invasive plants, that maintenance contractors, land managers, and others are encouraged to use when developing annual work plans for roadside operational activities.

Seed Mixtures (pdf - 1.8 MB)
T.I.P.S. F: Seed Mixtures identifies seed mixtures as a primary pathway for the introduction and spread of invasive plants, and summarizes best management practices and prevention strategies for bird, wildflower and ornamental, and re-vegetation seeds. Use this document to become better informed and ensure that the seed mixtures you select for your garden, restoration and soil stabilization projects, or birdseed will not escape and become tomorrow’s invasive plants.

Garden Smart (pdf - 1.5 MB)
T.I.P.S. H: Garden Smart discusses how gardening and landscaping enthusiasts can practice "smart" or responsible gardening techniques to reduce the impacts of invasive plants in BC. Learn how to identify invasive plants, to dispose of them appropriately, and to make informed choices when choosing new plants for your garden or landscape project. Use this document to find resources that can help you choose "the right plant for the right place."

Aquatics: Aquariums and Water Gardens (pdf - 432kb)
T.I.P.S. I: Aquariums and Water Gardens discusses how the intentional or accidental release of aquatic invasive plants from aquariums and water gardens into BC's natural waterbodies is a primary pathway of introduction. Aquarium hobbyists, pond owners, pet store owners and customers, and water landscapers can help prevent their establishment by making informed choices when selecting, trading, purchasing, or disposing of aquatic plants.

Aquatics: Water-based Recreation (pdf - 404kb)
T.I.P.S. J: Water-based Recreation provides a summary of best management practices designed to assist boaters, anglers, and hunters in preventing the spread of "unwanted" aquatic invasive species. Plants, animals, and microscopic creatures can cling to clothing, equipment, and boats. If not cleaned, these species can be introduced into new bodies of water, and can cause significant damage to existing ecosystems.

Species at Risk (pdf - 896kb)
T.I.P.S. K: Species at Risk addresses the need for special management considerations of South Okanagan at-risk plant species in relation to invasive plant treatment options. Four key at-risk species that are considered high priority under the Ministry of Environment's Conservation Framework are highlighted.

Adopt-A-Highway (pdf 1.3MB)
T.I.P.S. L: Adopt-A-Highway discusses this Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure program as it relates to the management of invasive plants along highway corridors. This T.I.P.S. provides best practices for volunteers of the Adopt-A-Highway program so they can identify invasive plants growing along our highways, report them, and help remove them using proper disposal methods.

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

  • “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

  • “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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