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ISCBC Enews April 2015

Hello from ISCBC!

Spring showers are encouraging invasive plants to sprout, and it's time to consider ways to prevent their spread. Learn about how you can be 'PlantWise,' and know what you grow, and 'Clean Drain Dry' your boat and equipment to prevent the spread of aquatic invaders. In this issue of our monthly enews, learn about ISCBC's province-wide programs—PlantWise and Clean Drain Dry—and how to get involved in your community! Find out how other homeowners are handling invasive European fire ants, and watch a video about preventing the spread of zebra and quagga mussels.

We hope you enjoy this month's enews. Keep in touch with us through Facebook, Twitter, and our website. 

The ISCBC Team

Pesticide Applicator Course

ISCBC is planning a Pesticide Applicators Course in Victoria (May 12-14th) and Kamloops (May 4-6). An experienced, certified trainer will explain 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. The course requires a minimum of 8-10 people to run. Click here for more information (PDF) and to register for Victoria | Kamloops.

B.C. grants $1.7 million to fight invasive plants

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, April 17, 2015: VICTORIA – The B.C. government is distributing over $1.7 million in new grants to help control the spread of invasive plants in the province, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced. Read More

B.C. launches fight against invasive mussels

Global News, Mar. 31, 2015, KELOWNA: The Provincial Government is pouring in $1.3 million into a preventative program towards early detection and rapid response against invasive and potentially costly mussels. The funding announcement was made on the edge of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. Read More

NEWS: Mussels with wings; the new front in the battle against invasive species

Penticton Infonews, April 24, 2015 by John McDonald: THOMPSON-OKANAGAN: The defensive war on invasive mussels hitching a ride into BC’s lakes and rivers via recreational boats has just begun but there’s already talk of opening up a new front—float planes. Read More

VIDEO: 'Mussel Threat'

Check out a new short film "Mussel Threat" by Okanagan filmmaker, Brynne Morrice, recommended by the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASSIS). This film illustrates the dangers of invasive mussels and calls for the protection of BC's freshwaters. VIDEO

NEWS: Brewery plants $20,000 on ecology society to combat invasive species in Stanley Park

The Province, April 28, 2015, by John Mackie: Ten thousand trees were knocked down in Stanley Park during a devastating windstorm in 2006. Invasive, non-native plants flourished in the wake of the big blowdown. The 500 volunteers in the Stanley Park Ecology Society have been diligently working with Vancouver park board staff to uproot the invaders and replace them with native plants. Read More

NEWS: Health Canada looks to re-label weed killer Roundup

Toronto Star, April 14, 2015, by Robin Levinson: Health Canada is looking into how it labels glyphosate, the most popular weed killer in the world. Read More

NEWS: Fire ant removal fight heats up with $100K grant for BC researcher

CBC News, April 26, 2015: The fight against fire ants is heating up this summer, as Rob Higgins, a research biologist at Thompson Rivers University, attempts to eradicate the pesky insects with the help of a $100,000 grant from the province. Read More

Hope for Chilliwack homeowners with European fire ants

Chilliwack Progress, April 24, 2015, by Jennifer Feinberg: Promising research to eradicate European fire ants was of huge interest to a packed house in Chilliwack this week. Read More

NEWS: New approaches to weed management: Public-private partnerships

AGProfessional, April 27, 2015, by Lisa Schlessinger, Natalie West, and A. Bryan Endres, University of Illinois: Large scale management of weed populations is vital to decreasing propagule pressure and reducing weed seedbanks, two of the principle process targets in integrated weed management strategies. Unfortunately, demands for improved management techniques will escalate in many areas as herbicide resistance (HR) expands. Read More


  • North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Annual Conference 2015: Coast Hotel, Vancouver, BC. October 18-21, 2015
  • INVASIVES 2016: ISCBC's Forum & AGM, Feb. 2-3, 2016, Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond, BC

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European Fire Ant

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Grow Me Instead Booklet (2018)

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