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ISCBC Enews March 2016

Hello from ISCBC!

As we approach spring, we are working toward celebrating Invasive Species Action Month this May! Read below about the weekly themes we have planned to help share key messages, resources, new tools, and make new connections about invasive species at special events happening across BC communities!   

Also, be sure to register for the next lunch-time webinar, "Invasive Species in B.C. Agriculture," April 20th, featuring Tracy Hueppelsheuser, provincial entomologist with the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Check out the new Be PlantWise TIPS Factsheet (sidebar publication link), and read articles below about some fantastic employment opportunities, some recent news highlights and updates... and more!

Thank you for spotting and reporting invasive 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

Invasive Species Action Month May 2016!

Mark your calendars for Invasive Species Action Month, officially proclaimed for May 2016! This year, we will be sharing all sorts of resources, events happening across BC communities, and engaging in new connections to inspire people to take action on invasive species! To help focus events and build momentum, we will be promoting the following weekly themes over the month of May:

  • Week 1: Invasive Animals: Don’t Let It Loose! - why you should care, what are the key problem invasive animals, including a focus on the pet trade and what people can do
  • Week 2: Invasive Plants: PlantWise, Grow Me Instead - why you should care, what are key problem invasive plants, what people can do, including both an agriculture and horticulture focus
  • Week 3: Outdoor Recreation: Play Clean Go - why recreation is a concern, key species of concern, activities that spread invasive species, what people can do
  • Week 4: Aquatics: Clean Drain Dry - why freshwater and marine environments are of concern, key species (both plants and animals) of concern, what people can do

ISCBC is also developing a photo contest to highlight people taking action against invasive species! Stay tuned for more information coming soon. We look forward to working with all of our partners toward this exciting month. Stay tuned for announcements and information as we plan together toward this great month-long event!

ISCBC Lunchtime Webinar

Join our next lunchtime webinar Wednesday April 20th, "Invasive Species in BC Agriculture," featuring Tracy Hueppelsheuser, provincial entomologist, BC Ministry of Agriculture. 

Description: Invasive species significantly impact BC agriculture. As speed and frequency of travel of goods and people increases globally, the risk of new pest introductions also increases. Many tools are employed including regulation (prevention and interception), monitoring and surveys, and implementation of eradication, containment, and management. We all play a role in preventing, detecting, and containment of any new invasive organisms that venture into BC. REGISTER | MORE DETAILS/BIO

ISCBC Job Opportunities

If you are interested in making a difference in your community, taking on rewarding challenges in an innovative and collaborative atmosphere and are good working with people, then one of these employment opportunities might be right for you! 

1) ISCBC is seeking three Invasive Species Supervisors to be responsible for program delivery of operational invasive plant programs in Vernon, Revelstoke and 100 Mile House regions. 
TERM: Permanent, Full time April 2016 - March 2017 
START DATE: Early April; interviews and applications being received in late March / early April
Please see further details: Job Posting (PDF)

2) ISCBC is seeking two Student Summer Positions in Williams Lake: Invasive Species Outreach Employees - to assist in the development and delivery of some of the Council’s programs related to invasive species education, changing behaviour, and training.
TERM: May 9th to August 27th, 2015 (seasonal full time)
CLOSING: April 5, 2016
LOCATIONS: Williams Lake (2 positions)
Please see further details: Job Posting (PDF)
Please send your cover letter and resume to

NEWS: Duncan Barnett receives Governor General's Caring Canadian award

Williams Lake Tribune, Mar 4, 2016 - 150 Mile House rancher Duncan Barnett was among the recipients of the Governor General of Canada's 2016 Caring Canadian Awards. ISCBC congratulates Duncan, who has worked for over 15 years to protect BC's agriculture lands and environment and still plays an active role in invasive species management. Read more.

Q&A: Conservationists debate ‘invasive species’ vs. ‘non-native’ labels

CBC News, March 3, 2016, by Torah Kachur: The term "invaders" doesn't quite conjure up feelings of welcome or belonging. But some biologists are trying to change the perception of biological invaders — and instead want us to think of them as migrants searching for the right place to live. CBC Radio science columnist Torah Kachur looks at the debate about how we view invasive species. Read more.

Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CCISS) seeking Invasive Species Program Assistant

Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CCISS) is seeking an Invasive Species Program Assistant. This is a four-month work term for qualified students in post-secondary programs, interested in communicating with the public and community groups about invasive species. Job Posting (PDF)

CLARIFICATION – Stem Injection with Glyphosate Pesticides on Japanese Knotweed

The Integrated Pest Management Program (IPMP) of the BC Ministry of Environment has been made aware of potential confusion regarding the use of certain glyphosate-based products for treating invasive plants by stem injection:

  • The IPMP was recently asked to provide interpretation of label requirements for pesticides containing glyphosate (with a label section for stem injection) when considering their use on Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica).
  • This label interpretation was confirmed by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for registering pesticides for use in Canada.
  • Stem injection is not allowed on Japanese Knotweed with any glyphosate products currently registered in Canada. As per label instructions, stem injection is restricted to woody species.
  • This is not a new requirement, but an interpretation of existing label conditions; pesticide uses must be described on a label in order to be allowed for use in BC.

For more information, please contact the Ministry of Environment – Integrated Pest Management Program, at:

NEWS: Don’t let invasive plants take root

Agassiz-Harrison Observer, March 10, 2016, by Jane Kivett (BLOG): This is the time of year when the days get longer and the sun is higher that gardeners start to get excited. Read more.

NEWS: Enos Lake stickleback becoming victim of ‘reverse speciation’

CBC News, March 15, 2016, by Liam Britten: There used to be two species of stickleback thriving in Enos Lake near Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, but University of British Columbia researchers say the two species are becoming one. Read more.

NEWS: Celebrating International Day of Forests

USDA, U.S. Forest Service, March 17, 2016, by William Harold Shoutis: The United Nation’s International Day of Forests is March 21, a time for heightening awareness of the partnerships, ambitions, and the values and services forests provide. Read more.


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