Thanks to generous support of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, CSISS is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new vehicle. This vehicle will enhance our capacity to support invasive species awareness and education thought out the region. Look for us at community events, parks, boat launches and roadsides, as we complete inventories and increase our understanding of priority invasive plants in our region. CSISS is grateful for the continuing support of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, as well as the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and the Columbia Basin Trust, as we expand upon our existing programming.
With the support of the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Council (CKIPC), East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council (EKIPC), Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC) and CSISS have embarked on a Columbia Basin Invasive Species Collaboration to enhance both aquatic and terrestrial programming throughout the Basin. On the 6th and 7th of October the groups met in Castlegar, BC to exchange ideas and kick-start the development of a strategic framework for an aquatic invasive species program in the Columbia Basin. Stay tuned for more updates as the program and framework develop!
A New Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Framework for the Columbia Basin
Join us for a webinar on Apr 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM PDT.
Did you know that zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS) pose a threat to the health of the waters in the Columbia Basin? This webinar will provide an overview of the importance of addressing AIS in the Basin as well as the draft AIS Framework for developing a coordinated AIS program. In 2014, a collaborative partnership was developed between Columbia Basin Trust and the four regional invasive plant committees within the Columbia Basin (Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee, East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council, Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society and the North West Invasive Plant Council) to develop a strategic approach to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) prevention and management. Juliet Craig of Silverwing Ecological Consulting has been developing this Framework under the guidance of a regional Steering Committee. She is presenting the proposed AIS Program Framework in order to provide opportunities for comments and feedback.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Check out the Province’s latest Announcement to allocate $1.3 million towards prevention of Zebra/ Quagga mussels.
Catch up on the newly released Canadian Columbia Basin Aquatic Invasive Species Framework
The CSISS has several job opportunities available for the 2015 operational season including:
1) Program Assistant (April-September 2015)
1-2) Summer Student position(s) (May-August 2015)
Please note that positions are funding dependent and all postings close March 22nd, 2015.
For more information, see full job posting: CSISS Program Assistant Job Posting
Our partner, the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is hosting its 10th Annual Forum coming up in late January. All are welcome! CSISS will be in attendance to learn about the latest in invasive species action across the province. More information about the Forum including registration information can be found here: http://bcinvasives.ca/news-events/events/invasives-2015
Join us Wednesday, October 8th from 9:00 am -12:30 pm PT for the second Annual General Meeting of the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS).
Complimentary lunch will be provided with a Board of Directors meeting to follow.
Please RSVP before Monday, October 6th.
Special thanks to all of our sponsors, the CSRD, CBT, MOTI and MFLNRO for their financial support in making these meetings possible.
How to register: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, organization, and dietary restrictions.
Where: Revelstoke Community Centre, 600 Campbell Avenue
When: 8:30am- 12:30pm with food/beverages provided
To read the full agenda click here: Agenda_CSISS_AGM_2014
CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY The Invasive Species Council of BC is conducting a survey on public awareness of invasive plants. The survey will be used to facilitate assessment and planning of initiatives to help control the spread of invasive plants. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes and all measures to protect the privacy of survey respondents will be undertaken.
[Photo of Himalayan Balsam, an invasive plant that takes over riparian and wetland areas. Photo credit: Natalie Stafl]
Last week CSISS Education and Outreach Officer, Robyn Hooper and Chair of the CSISS Board of Directors, Hamish Kassa, scoured Trout Lake for aquatic invasive plants. They were joined by the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Council’s Aquatic Surveyor Chris Harkness and summer field assistant, who also surveyed smaller surrounding lakes. Much to their relief, they only encountered native vegetation. Let’s keep it that way! Always Clean, Drain, and Dry your boat to help keep our lakes and rivers pristine! For more information visit:
CSISS is partnering with Shuswap Trail Alliance and White Lake Stewardship Group for a fun, active trail maintenance day, including clearing invasive species! Bring your work clothes/boots, water and snacks. Lunch will be provided.
We will meet at the White Lake Bike Park (otherwise know as John Evdokimoff Park) for the 8:30 start.
Please RSVP with Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/679657405455705/ or email outreach@columbiashuswapin
Directions: Approx 9.3 km east of Sorrento on Hwy 1 at the Balmoral Rd junction, White Lake Rd forms a loop, returning to Hwy 1 at Carlin 4 km farther east, approx 20 km west of Salmon Arm. Watch for the Bike Park sign just before the Parri Rd intersection at the west end of White Lake.
For more information, email: outreach@columbiashuswapin
Come join the Annual August Community Weed Pull with Wildsight Golden to help restore the native plant ecology in Golden on August 3rd. It will be from 3-6pm, meet at Rodeo Grounds near Reflection Lake in Golden. Learn how to identify some of the invasive plants in our region and help us get rid of these nasty plant invaders. Gloves, bags and drinks provided. Pizza Party to follow!
Edible Invasives Recipes
Knotweed Salsa Verde
6 cups of roughly chopped young Japanese knotweed shoots
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced in half, seeds and ribs removed
1 medium white onion, quartered
3 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 limes, juice of both, zest of one
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. cumin
salt & pepper to taste
Roast the onion, garlic and jalapenos. Blanch very very quickly the knotweed (30 seconds). Blend them all in the food processor along with the seasoning, limes, and water. Taste. Add more raw knotweed if it needs more of a zesty “kick”. It works great as an enchilada sauce as well.
Good source of vitamins A and C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, and iron.Younger weeds, which are flavorful and best to harvest when they are about 4 to 12 inches high. Older plants can be simmered to reduce bitterness and soften the prickly spines. Sow thistle is especially difficult to eradicate, as the white brittle roots can penetrate several feet into the soil, producing new plants from small root pieces.
Sauté with garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. Choose tall, young plants.
Jams, Smoothies, Pies, and more!
1) Soak burdock in water 15-30 minutes
2) Meanwhile, heat 1/2″ to 1″ vegetable oil over medium heat in a pot
3) Remove burdock from water and blot dry
4) Carefully add burdock to oil- burdock should immediately bubble intensely
5) Fry burdock 5 minutes
6) Carefully remove burdock from oil, add salt generously, and allow to cool
Chicory and Dandelion Root Coffee
Sources and Resources
Wild Edibles Iphone App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wild-edibles-full/id431504588?mt=8