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ISCBC ENEWS - September 2014

Hello from the ISCBC!

Most areas of BC continue to enjoy a stretch of unusually warm temperatures, and this means even more invasive plant spread. As the growing season transitions toward fall, it may be time to start thinking about winterizing your property. As temperatures cool and blooms fade, keep an eye out for:

  • invasive plants that may have sprouted on your property;
  • plant debris or invasive mussels attached to your boat/equipment; and
  • dried mud clinging to outdoor/recreation equipment that may contain viable invasive plant seeds. 

Remember, most invasive plants should not be composted! 

Taking the time to prevent the spread this fall will leave you better prepared for spring - ideally with an invasive-free home or workplace, and the surrounding community will also benefit. Don’t let invasives take up residence where they don’t belong. Remember, invasives know no boundaries, and everyone can help prevent the spread. 

Be sure to take advantage of new resources like the Invasive Species Toolkit for Local Government, and check out approaching events like the Weeds Across Borders conference! The ISCBC is excited to co-chair this conference with the Alberta Invasive Species Council, commiting to play a leadership role on tackling invasive species in Canada. Also stayed tuned to registration announcements for the upcoming Invasive Ant Workshop this October. Learn more by keeping in touch with us through Facebook, Twitter, and our website. 

The ISCBC Team

Weeds Across Borders 2014 is Fast Approaching! Register Today!

Interested in attending the 12th annual Weeds Across Borders (WAB) international conference? Register by September 30th for special rates at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel!  

Hosted by the Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) on October 14-17th, the Weeds Across Borders conference will provide a forum for educating and sharing knowledge about invasive species management (including weed management), regulatory issues, and concerns about invasive species spread across and between the jurisdictional boundaries of Mexico, Canada and the United States. 

This important event will identify and recommend shared actions to improve collaboration on across our borders. 

Highlights include keynote speaker, Kelly Church of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Ojibwe, Michigan; the special pre-conference workshop, Moving from Awareness to Action: New Approaches for Communications Programs; and field tours in Canada's capital city! Read more and Register today! 

Invasive Ant Workshop

Mark your calendars! In partnership with the provincial government, the ISCBC will be hosting an invasive ant workshop for local governments and stakeholders affected by invasive ants, in Vancouver on Thursday October 23rd. The workshop will discuss progress on invasive ant research, address local issues with invasive ants, and to continue collaborative work on the provincial Joint Action Plan. This workshop is a follow-up to the one held in June for local governments. Stay tuned for more detailed announcements!

Invasive Species Toolkit for Local Government

ISCBC is pleased to announce the release of the Invasive Species Toolkit for Local Government, a resource for real estate professionals, developers and local governments (including regional districts and municipalities) and elected officials in BC as a means of providing information on invasive species management tools and options. The toolkit provides: 

  • Practical information for municipalities and regional districts in planning or updating invasive management policies and programs
  • Practical recommendations for realtors and developers regarding invasive species on private lands such as the expanded Property Disclosure Statement
  • Overview of current legal framework (Acts, Regulations) available to local governments for addressing invasive species
  • Recommendations for bylaws and development review process 
  • Information on determining responsibility and management of private property impacted by invasive species
  • Information on key resources and reporting tools available on invasive species in BC

Best Practices for Managing Invasive Species on Utility Operations

The new handbook, Best Practices for Managing Invasive Species on Utility Operations, has been released by ISCBC. By applying the best practices outlined, staff and contractors of utility operations can help limit the introduction and spread of invasive species, reduce future maintenance and control costs, align with provincial and federal acts and regulations, and be a responsible neighbour.


CFIA Updates Plant Pest Surveillance

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has updated its Plant Pest Surveillance web page. Here, you can find information on plant pest surveys and survey tools, plant pest fact sheets on invasive plants, and plant pest 'credit cards' about species including the Asian longhorned beetle, Emerald ash borer, and Gypsy moth, among others. Another key reference guide developed and downloadable for use during invasive plant surveys is the CFIA's Invasive Plant Field Guide. READ MORE

Bob McDonald, Quirks and Quarks to help celebrate INVASIVES 2015

We are excited to announce that helping us celebrate the ISCBC’s 10th Anniversary and Public Forum and AGM: INVASIVES 2015 is…Bob McDonald of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks! Don’t miss Bob’s keynote presentation on January 20th! 

Presentations will be held on Tuesday January 20th and Wednesday January 21st, 2015 followed by a special workshop on January 22nd. This two-day forum, held at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC, will include keynote addresses and four to six half-day sessions (some concurrent), comprised of invited and contributed presentations.

Our 10th anniversary celebration promises a special glimpse into our ten-year expedition of challenges and achievements, as well as future directions. More detailed announcements will be made as planning continues. We look forward to seeing you there!

NEWS: Bullfrogs keeping Steveston residents up at night

CBC News, Aug. 19, 2014: Steveston residents say they're fed up with a growing chorus of bullfrogs that is keeping them up at night, but the provincial government says there's not a lot it can do.

The Ministry of Environment says bullfrogs are expanding in many areas of the province.

"Given the current high level of bullfrog range expansion, eradication of bullfrogs from B.C. is cost-prohibitive, said the ministry in a statement.

The government says their main strategy currently is prevention to keep them out of new areas and containment. READ MORE

NEWS: BC begins mussel inspections, Sept. 5, 2014, by Ragnar Haagen: The provincial government recently announced they have stepped up inspection enforcement of boats possibly containing either zebra or quagga mussels.

Authorities implemented a pilot inspection station earlier this month where they examined 132 boats and found no evidence of the invasive species. They also stopped and inspected 11watercraft in Victoria and found nothing there either. These competition sailboats had traveled from mussel-infested Lake Ontario and were inspected at the Victoria Yacht Club.

While this type of proactive approach is a welcome change for those at the Okanagan Water Basin Board, executive director Anne Warwick Sears still believes more needs to be done. READ MORE

STUDY: Predicting invasive plants in California

'Predicting invasive plants in California,' published in California Agriculture, July-Sept 2014 provides the following abstract: Preventing plant invasions or eradicating incipient populations is much less costly than confronting large well-established populations of invasive plants. We developed a preliminary determination of plants that pose the greatest risk of becoming invasive in California, primarily through the horticultural industry. We identified 774 species that are invasive elsewhere in Mediterranean climates but not yet invasive in California. From this list, we determined which species are sold through the horticulture industry, whether they are sold in California and whether they have been reported as naturalized in California. We narrowed the list to 186 species with the greatest potential for introduction and/or invasiveness to California through the horticultural trade. This study provides a basis for determining species to evaluate further through a more detailed risk assessment that may subsequently prevent importation via the horticultural pathway. Our results can also help land managers know which species to watch for in wildlands. READ MORE

Events Calendar

  • Weeds Across Borders (WAB) Conference, Ottawa, Ontario Canada, Oct. 14-17, 2014
  • Invasive Ant Workshop, Vancouver, BC, Oct. 23, 2014 
  • Bi-Annual IVMA Conference, Richmond, BC, Oct. 28-30, 2014
  • INVASIVES 2015: ISCBC Public Forum, AGM & 10th Anniversary, Jan. 20-21, 2015
  • 8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 24 - 26, 2015


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