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ISCBC Enews January 2016

Hello from ISCBC!

We're kicking off the new year with gusto as we anticipate INVASIVES 2016, ISCBC's Forum & AGM, to be held at Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond on Feb. 2-3rd. Take special note of highlights below including the Annual General Meeting, many amazing workshops to choose from, and our special keynote speaker, Linda Tarrant! We look forward to seeing you there!

Read articles below about local efforts to keep out invasive mussels and tackle invasive starlings, a new BMP manual for wildland stewardship, a Washington artist's use of invasive plants, employment opportunities with the Province's Invasive Mussel Defence Program ... and much more!

Thank you for spotting and reporting invasive plants and species to Report-A-Weed, or call ISCBC toll free 1-888-933-3722. Keep in touch with us through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and our website. 

The ISCBC Team

Don't Miss Out! INVASIVES 2016

Register for INVASIVES 2016, ISCBC's Forum & AGM Feb. 2-3, 2016, to be held at Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond, BC. Enjoy the opportunity to network and share with your colleagues in invasive species management both locally and abroad!

Here are some key highlights (refer to the online AGENDA for full details):

Notice of 2016 AGM- Feb. 3rd, 2016 at Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond, BC:
The 2016 AGM will be held on February 3rd and will include two parts, one being at 7:30- 9:00am along with 11:00-12:15pm. The AGM will include the election of directors along with a review of the 2014 Financial Statements along with the 2015 Financial Report. Based on legal advice, the AGM will also include proposed changes to the bylaws. All members are encouraged to attend.

Keynote Speaker - Linda Tarrant: an author, change leader, strategist and master facilitator. Linda holds the prestigious designation of Certified Speaking Professional and she is the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. But she’s mostly known for her wit, wisdom, practical approach and down-to-earth style. She will invite us to think differently, embrace new perspectives and act with courage! 

Joint Strategic Session - Feb. 1st For ISCBC, Regional Committees and Provincial Government
Afternoon: Identify and share key strategic gaps and priorities
Evening: Board development workshop with guest speaker: Linda Tarrant

Local Government Workshop - Feb. 2nd
This meeting is for local government staff and elected officials - to have a dialogue and learning with other local governments on our unique challenges and opportunities regarding invasive species management. Agenda topics will focus on key areas such as working with emerging bylaws, disposal of invasive species, and movement of soil along with identifying future needs and priorities.

Aboriginal Workshop - Feb. 2nd
For Aboriginal communities representatives, this session will include sharing current initiatives and providing direction on priorities for involving, engaging and supporting Aboriginal communities in invasive species identification, detection and management in their communities and local lands.

Planning & Prevention Workshop: Invasive Species in BC - Feb. 2nd
Open to all participants, this workshop will include a look at the tools and processes used to assess operational priorities, the implementation of monitoring programs, and the development and usage of containment lines.

*** Note: There's still time to submit a poster for display in the poster room at the forum. 


NEWS: Keeping mussels at bay

Salmon Arm Observer, Dec. 27, 2015, by Barb Brouwer: The Pacific Northwest is the largest region in Canada and the U.S. that does not have established populations of invasive quagga and zebra mussels. And officials want to keep it that way. Read More.

NEWS: New app gives ABCs of invasives

The Goat News (Valemount/McBride) Jan. 12, 2016 by Korie Marshall: A new app and website show ornamental gardeners in BC some invasive plants to steer clear of, and offer some alternatives that will grow well all over BC. Read more.

New Guidance Adopted on Invasive Alien Species

New guidance adopted by COP 12 (Convention on Biological Diversity) tackles the introduction of invasive species as pets, aquarium and terrarium species, and as live bait and live food. Read more (PDF).

NEWS: Artist turns plants into art

Wtop, Jan. 18, 2016 by Rachel Nania—WASHINGTON: When Patterson Clark walks through the city’s national parks, he sees more than leaves, branches and berries. To him, it’s all art. Read more. Clark, a D.C. resident and graphics editor at The Washington Post, spends about 40 hours a year volunteering with the U.S. National Park Service to remove invasive plants from D.C.’s forests. Read more.

NEWS: Seven Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest

The Clymb, Dec. 24, 2015, by Neil Schulman: America, they say, is a nation of immigrants. On a human level, it’s led to vibrant cultural exchange, economic growth, and a broader world-view. When it comes to natural ecosystems, however, the story is a bit different. Invasive species—plants and animals that are recent arrivals—can disrupt ecosystems and wreak havoc on native species. Read more.

NEWS: Biopesticide to battle invasive sea lamprey in Great Lakes registered in U.S.

Times Colonist/The Canadian Press, Jan. 4, 2016: The Great Lakes Fishery Commission says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered a sea lamprey mating pheromone it's hoped can be used in combating the invasive species. Read more.

NEWS: ‘Trap and kill’ starlings program approved in Abbotsford

CBC News, Dec. 30, 2016: The City of Abbotsford has approved a trap and kill program for invasive European starlings in order to protect local berry crops. Read more.

New Resource - BMP Manual for Wildland Stewardship

Cal-IPC, in partnership with toxicologist Susan Kegley of the Pesticide Research Institute, has published a new manual on “Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Wildland Stewardship: Protecting Wildlife When Using Herbicides for Invasive Plant Management.” The manual includes field techniques from experienced land managers as well as risk charts for commonly used herbicides. The 47-page manual is available as a pdf for free download.

STUDY: Genetic changes in birds could throw light on human mitochondrial diseases

EurekaAlert/University of New South Wales, Jan. 5, 2016: Deakin University and UNSW Australia researchers have made a rare observation of rapid evolution in action in the wild, documenting the spread of a newly arisen genetic mutation in invasive starlings, which could shed light on mitochondrial disease in humans. Read more.


The Province has employment opportunities for the second year of its Invasive Mussel Defence Program, that has a particular focus on boater education and inspection along the eastern and southern entry points into B.C. Applicants with a diploma, certification or equivalent in a related discipline such as Natural Resource Protection, investigation and enforcement, or criminology will be given preference. Strong candidates with a Biology or Environmental Science will also be considered. Application Deadline: Monday Feb. 1st, 2016. Job Posting


INVASIVES 2016: ISCBC's Forum & AGM, Feb. 2-3, 2016, Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond, BC

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