May/June: CSISS School Programs, City Council Delegations, and Plant ID Training Sessions for Highway Contractors, Stewardship groups, Municipal Staff and other interested organizations.

May 28, 2015: Invasive Species Information Forum hosted by the Wetland Alliance with presentations from CSISS, the Shuswap Trail Alliance, and the White Lake Stewardship Group. Doors at 7pm, Deo Lutheran Church, 1801-30th St. NE Salmon Arm.

July 9, 2015: Biocontrol Workshop with Catherine MacRae in Revelstoke. Learn about biocontrol in BC, as well as techniques in the field for identifying, and monitoring biocontrol agents.

Pesticide Applicator’s Course
August 24-27, 2015: Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weed Certification Course with certified pesticide applicator Stu Craig (3 days) and exam (4th day). To register, contact: Robyn Hooper, CSISS Program Manager at rhooper@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

 

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.

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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.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5399441384830086914

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.

 

 

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

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Join our team of inspired individuals!

 

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

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