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ISCBC Enews August 2015

Hello from ISCBC!

It's been an active summer across BC as more people are taking a role in preventing the spread of invasive species! Crews have been tackling infestations in priority areas, boat launches across the province have new signs up about Clean, Drain, Dry, and there have been many demonstrations for boaters on how to clean their boats—all thanks to great collaborations and partnerships. We've seen fantastic community involvement with weed pulls; special thanks to all the hard-working volunteers! Also, enjoy reading Sitelines magazine's August issue with the theme, "Invasive Free Future" — ISCBC was guest editor!

Thank you for spotting and reporting invasive plants and species to Report-A-Weed, or call ISCBC toll free 1-888-933-3722. 

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

The ISCBC Team

NEWS: Less invasive plants is good news for BC ranchers

A newly funded, Job Creation Partnership (JCP) Project, Invasive Species Skills Development Program, funded by the Province and delivered in partnership with the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC), is providing valuable employment experience while increasing groundwork management of high priority invasive plants in the Cariboo and Thompson regions. Read more.

ISCBC guest editor for Sitelines Magazine

Discover useful tidbits and information for landscapers with a special focus on an "Invasive Free Future" in the August 2015 issue of Sitelines magazine! ISCBC was recently guest editor for Sitelines, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA), which features news, commentary, and historical information, as well as milestones and accomplishments of landscape architecture practices. Read more.

Upcoming Webinar

ISCBC is offering live webinars that provide expert, up-to-date information about invasive species in BC, their impacts, management, new resources and actions people can take to stop their introduction and spread. Everyone is welcome!

Register for the next live, lunchtime webinar, "Key Aquatic Invasive Plants in the Pacific Northwest" with Dr. Sam Chan, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University
DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 9th, 2015, Noon – 1pm PST
Dr. Sam Chan will provide a session on several key aquatic invasive plants to be aware of and on the lookout for in BC. Areas covered include life history, ID tips and current distribution. Learn More | Register

Registration Live - Enjoy Early Bird Rates for INVASIVES 2016

Register for INVASIVES 2016: ISCBC's Public Forum & AGM! Enjoy two action-filled days of learning, networking and sharing with colleagues from across North America, and take advantage of early bird rates until Dec. 15th, 2015. Invite your colleagues, and save the date for Feb. 2-3, 2016, at Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond, BC. LEARN MORE | REGISTER

NEWS: Close Call: Invasive Zebra Mussels Detected and Removed

The Rossland Telegraph, Aug. 27, 2015: It was a close call for BC waterways last week when a boat carrying zebra mussels was detected and decontaminated in Kelowna by one of six provincial Conservation Officer Service roving boat inspection crews. Read more.

NEWS: South Surrey resident raises alarm over invasive knotweed

Peace Arch News, Aug. 25, 2015, by Melissa Smalley: A South Surrey resident is raising the alarm over Japanese knotweed that he recently discovered near his home. Read more.

NEWS: Drought-stricken forests in B.C., Alberta face new threat from insects

Globe and Mail, Aug. 16, 2015: As much of Western Canada faces worsening drought, the region’s forests are drying out – and as the trees dehydrate, they make sounds that attract the kinds of insects that can then kill them off. Read more.

NEWS: Wired2Fish hooks up with Wildlife Forever’s Clean Drain Dry Initiative

Wildlife Forever, Aug. 7, 2015, Brooklyn Center, MN – Wired2Fish, America’s leading fishing content guru joined forces with Wildlife Forever’s Clean Drain Dry Initiative to spread good conservation with prevention of invasive species. Read more.

NEWS: Alberta’s invasive mussels program a success so far

Medicine Hat News, Aug. 14, 2015 by Alex McCuaig: No news about finding zebra and quagga mussels in Alberta waterways is the best news as the province and irrigators continue to partner to keep the invasive species out of rivers and lakes. Read more.

NEWS: Goat herd munches away at weeds in Thompson-Okanagan

Vernon Morning Star, Aug. 17, 2015: There are some baaaaaaaad weed problems in the Thompson-Okanagan region, and one couple in their 60s have turned to herbivores instead of herbicides to deal with the problem. Read more.

STUDY: Students create tool to stop pests in their tracks, Aug. 5, 2015: Now there is a new tool to help in the fight against non-native pests, developed by three college students during their summer research program at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). Read more.

STUDY: Invasive plants pose billion-dollar threat to economies around the world

The Japan Times, Aug. 21, 2015: OSLO – According to scientists, many of the world’s plants are turning “alien,” spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage. Read more.

STUDY: Bar-coding DNA of all species

CBC News, Aug. 17, 2015: A universal DNA bar-coding project could lead to genetic early-warning systems that trigger an alert when invasive species like zebra mussels appear in an ecosystem. Read More.


  • Society of Wetland Scientists PNW Chapter 2015 Regional Conference, Olympia, WA, October 6-8, 2015 
  • 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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