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Mar. 24, 2014, Invasive Species Council of BC (NEWS RELEASE):

OSOYOOS—Detection, team work and new provincial regulations successfully worked together to prevent a mussel infested boat from entering BC last week. An established alert system, aquatic invasive species training, a rapid response plan, inter-governmental support and collaboration all worked to quickly address a potential significant threat to BC’s lakes.


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Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Notification date: February 28th, 2014

The Invasive Species Council of British Columbia is now accepting abstracts for INVASIVES 2015 with presentations on Tuesday January 20th, and Wednesday January 21st, 2015. Please note that there will be a special post-forum workshop on January 22nd. The two-day forum, held at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC, will include two keynote addresses and four to six half-day sessions (some concurrent), comprised of invited and contributed presentations.

Please join our 10th anniversary celebration that promises a special glimpse into our ten-year expedition of challenges and achievements, as well as future directions!

INVASIVES 2015 is an annual forum that engages professionals and organizations with a common interest in sharing knowledge and improving invasive species management in British Columbia. Hosted by the Invasive Species Council of BC and its many partners who help make it possible, the goal of the forum is to provide an opportunity for educating, networking, and sharing resources and up-to-date research about invasive species management (including weed management). The forum also covers topics on regulatory issues and concerns about invasive species spread across and between jurisdictional boundaries in BC and beyond borders.

INVASIVES 2015 is also joined by the Annual General Meeting of the Invasive Species Council of BC. Please develop abstracts based on the following session themes that best suit you:

• Session A: Making Invasives Mainstream (Communications)
• Session B: Impacts and Issues
• Session C: Celebrating Success – Tools that work
• Session D: New and Emerging Issues and Invaders
• Session E: Instilling responsible behaviours – leading change
• Session F: Research Learnings (along with poster session – TBD)
• Session G: Your recommendation!

Please note that oral presentations are generally limited to 20 minutes. Abstracts should be submitted no later than Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 to Acceptance notices for oral presentations, as well as further details, will be provided by June 15th, 2014.

• Required format: (English; Times New Roman, 12 point font)
• Title
• Name(s) of author/principal investigator
• Contact information: mailing address and email address
• Phone number
• Session Title
• Abstract: 250 – 300 word maximum
• Presentation abstracts should be submitted in a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx).
• Photo (print quality .jpg or .tif) of presenter for use in print/web communications.

A forum summary will be prepared following the event, and where permission is granted, presentations and abstracts will be posted to the ISCBC website. Presenters of accepted abstracts may have their registration fees waived for the day of presentation.

The Invasive Species Council of BC is a registered charity, focused on reducing the impacts and spread of invasive species to BC and beyond. Dedicated to bringing people together to build collaboration and success, the Council offers a wide range of educational and information resources for individuals, communities and resource managers. For more information on the programs and resources available through the Invasive Species Council of BC, please visit our website at or send a note to

We look forward to seeing you at INVASIVES 2015!

Download: Call for Abstracts (PDF)

BC Com Framework for IS coverAfter four months of consultation, the BC Communications Framework on Invasive Species is now released as valuable, voluntary reference for all BC stakeholders developing communications plans related to invasive species.

Ultimately the goal is to encourage a common approach and messaging to improve awareness and understanding related to invasive species in BC.

Developed by C-Shore Communications, a well recognized consulting company, this Framework is a guiding document that can assist local governments, non-profit organizations and others to achieve consistent messaging and approaches. It is closely linked to the provincial guiding document, the Invasive Species Strategy for BC (2012). Both have been developed with input from and review by interested parties: both organizations and individuals, from across BC.

BC Communications Framework on Invasive Species (PDF - 6MB)

A special thank you to everyone who participated in the consultation process! Please send any feedback on this document to:

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In this course, an experienced, certified trainer explains herbicide application techniques, safety and environmental precautions, equipment calibration and more, ultimately preparing each participant to write the Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weeds pesticide applicator exam. Participants can practice backpack calibration in the field. Participants receive a course binder, other reference materials, and can opt to write the IVNW pesticide applicator exam at the end of the program. 

For more information on upcoming courses near you or to arrange one, contact us.

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In Your Words...

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • "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

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