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[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:  or email

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:


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!

Golden Community Weed Pull August 2014


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.

Sow’s Thistle

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.

Lamb’s Quarters

Sauté with garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. Choose tall, young plants.

Himalayan Blackberry

Jams, Smoothies, Pies, and more!

Burdock Chips

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 Coffee

Chicory and Dandelion Root Coffee

Sources and Resources

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