Blog Archives

 

As the May flowers begin to bloom, the CSISS school programs are gearing up to action. Robyn Hooper, CSISS Education and Outreach Officer has a busy few weeks ahead of her. Before the school doors close for the summer, Robyn will be teaching youth about the importance of preventing and managing the spread of invasive species through in-class presentations, field days, info booths and activity stations. If you are interested in getting invasive species education in your classroom please contact outreach@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

Presentations can be tailored to each classroom’s interests and learning objectives.

 

Do you love physical outdoor work, have a passion for the environment and have good communication skills?  Wildsight-Golden is seeking one qualified person to run Golden’s Community Weed Program this summer, and to develop and present public interpretive programs on invasive plants. This program is jointly supported by Wildsight-Golden and the Town of Golden.  For more information see their website: http://www.wildsight.ca/news/job-posting-community-invasive-plant-coordinator

 

Come join us to learn about Revelstoke’s wetlands at an event to celebrate this unique ecosystem in our region and explore its past, present and future. CSISS will have a booth at the event to educate the public about the impact of aquatic invasives and the importance of protecting this invaluable natural resource. You’ll find us at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, Friday May 2nd. Doors open at 6:30, admittance by donation.

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The CSISS and NCES are partnering with Mandy Kellner of Kingbird Consulting on her project which aims to plant native vegetation in the area near the Downie Ponds and the Columbia River near Revelstoke.  This area is currently overgrown with invasive reed canary grass. We will be planting willow and dogwood stakes on  and are looking for enthusiastic volunteers of all ages.

If you would like to help us out in the awesome endeavour, meet us at the Inukshuk at the entrance to the Greenbelt at 1pm on Sunday April 27th. Bring clothes for the elements and a shovel/pitchfork/pruners if you have them. Free pizza and work gloves will be provided!  We are grateful to the CBT and to the CSRD for providing funding for this event.
 

A year ago today, on April 8th 2013, the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society was officially incorporated as a non-profit Society in BC.  Since then we have been working hard to spread the word and raise awareness about invasive species in our region (check out our 2013 Annual Report). Watch for us at your local farmers’ markets & events and contact us if you would like to book a presentation or workshop in your area.  We look forward to continue making a difference in our second season of operation!

 

With spring newly arriving many of us are ready to dust off our gardening gloves & start working the soil.  Before you place your seed order please check that the beauties you are about to nurture in your garden aren’t invasive! Many invasive plants were originally introduced as garden flowers and to this day some gardens continue to be a problematic source of spread. Unfortunately some plants do not stay contained in a garden and can cross boundaries to create serious ecological consequences for our native plants & animals.  The Invasive Species Council of BC has an excellent resource “Grow Me Instead” that can inform gardeners decisions when choosing plants while offering alternatives for those with invasive characteristics.

Do the right thing and make sure you are not harboring invasives!

It can be accessed on-line via this link: Grow Me Instead Brochure

Visit our Resources for gardeners page for more information or contact us to book a presentation for your local gardening club.

Grow Me Instead

 

Representatives from CSISS attended the annual Invasive Species Council of BC’s Public Forum. Informed speakers delivered the latest on a variety of relevant invasive species issues across the province and we learned what is on the horizon in terms of provincial regulations, new invaders and best practices for invasive plant control. For more information visit the ISCBC Website

 

Now that fall is here and people are starting to put their gardens to bed it’s time to remind folks to responsibly dispose of all garden waste. While most vegetable and plant matter can be safely composted, noxious weeds and invasive plants must be dealt with differently. We recommend that all invasives are double bagged and taken to CSRD landfill sites where they will be buried to ensure that seeds are contained and do not escape to start new infestations elsewhere.

Please report all illegal dumping! Often these sights are the source for new infestations and costly removal. Our biggest weapon against invasives is prevention and disposing of garden waste properly can help leaps and bounds.

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Since its inception this spring, the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society has been hard at work documenting and taking action on invasive species in the region. Thanks to support from BC Hydro, the Columbia Basin Trust, the City of Revelstoke and Kozak’s Sawmills, visitors to the Greenbelt can now learn about priority invasive plants while out for a walk on the popular Greenbelt walkway.

The new signage will help raise the profile of invasive plants in the community. When the snow-line begins to creep to valley bottom, people often forget about the impacts invasive species have on our natural environment. Yet autumn is critical to prevent their spread as most plants have set seed by the end of the growing season. Improperly disposed of garden waste can lead to new infestations of invasive plants in otherwise undisturbed areas.

While not all garden plants are invasive, it is better to err on the side of caution; bag and take all ornamentals and non-vegetable garden waste to the CSRD landfill when putting your garden to bed. Prevention is key as it is often an up-hill battle with invasive species.

Japanese knotweed, a bamboo-like plant widely planted as an ornamental, is notorious for being improperly disposed of. These invasive plants are aggressive and difficult to remove, damaging infrastructure and eroding riparian areas. New infestations of knotweed have been found at multiple illegal dump sites; a single node along the plant’s cane can sprout an entirely new plant and problem.

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed

 

On October 1st, CSISS held it’s first AGM in Revelstoke, BC and wrapped up the last of three operational planning meetings that were held in Salmon Arm, Golden and Revelstoke.  We were very fortunate to have great turnout and receive valuable input at all of our meetings. CSISS will be releasing our finalized Operational Plan for each Invasive Plant Management Area in December.

CSISS would like to welcome 11 members to the 2013 Board of Directors!

Hamish Kassa,        CSRD
Joyce deBoer,        Wildsight Golden
Chris Cochran,        Town of Golden
Bryan Chruszcz,      Parks Canada
Adam Croxhall,       BC Hydro
Catherine MacRae,  MFLNRO
David Rooney,         Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society
John McCLoud,       Shuswap Agricultural Advisory Committee
Doug Adama,          Independent Consultant
Brad Ackerman,      City of Salmon Arm
Margaret Gibson,    Independent Biologist

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Photo Credit: David Rooney