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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.



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

Photo Credit: David Rooney


After a series of successful operational planning meetings in Salmon Arm and Golden we are looking forward to wrapping up this stage of operational planning consultation with a morning session in Revelstoke on October 1st, 2013. Our very first Annual General Meeting will be taking place that afternoon.

We are currently soliciting new members to sit on our Board of Directors.  The election of Board members will be taking place in the afternoon at our AGM in Revelstoke.  

 We are currently looking for members representing:
1) Agricultural interests
2) First Nations and Aboriginal groups
3) Industries with a vested interest in invasive species management
4) Various levels of government
5) Environmental and Conservation groups
6) Interested residents of the Columbia-Shuswap
Board members may be elected for one or two year terms. For more information please contact the CSISS Coordinator, Natalie Stafl at
See you there!

This fall, the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) will be hosting a series of operational planning meetings for each Invasive Plant Management Area (IPMA) within the Columbia Shuswap Region (see map below). The intention for the meetings is to facilitate a collaborative, cooperative approach to invasive plant management that reflects shared priorities between land management agencies. These operational plans will identify priority invasive plant species in each area and their management objectives.

The meeting objectives are to: 1) identify missing background information for each IPMA and 2) collectively prioritize species and activities for invasive plant treatments, inventories and monitoring.

Operational planning meetings will be held in:

Salmon Arm on September 10th, 2013
Golden on September 12th, 2013 and
Revelstoke on October 1st,  2013

If you would like to find out more information about these meetings please contact the CSISS Program coordinator at csinvasives(at)



Thanks to the help of the amazing volunteers that came out to help pull Himalayan orchid along the Greenbelt!

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Lots of Canada Thistle, Spotted knapweed and Common burdock removed!  Well done team!

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Wildsight sticker contest


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On June 26th, CSISS Coordinator Natalie Stafl and Director Hamish Kassa attended a sucessful AGM and field tour hosted by our counterpart to the south, the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Council (CKIPC). Here they are pictured in front of Japanese Butterbur, an invasive plant threatening this small creek running along an FSR near Kaslo, BC.

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Strategic Planning Meeting on June 20th in Revelstoke!
We had a great turnout with diverse representation from:


  • City of Revelstoke
  • City of Golden
  • City of Salmon Arm
  • CSRD
  • Parks Canada
  • Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • BC Hydro
  • North Columbia Environmental Society
  • Wildsight Golden
  • Invasive Plant Council of BC
  • Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society
  • Silverwing Ecological Consulting  
  • Maltby Independent Consulting 

Thank you all for your participation and engagement! CSISS looks forward to developing partnerships and expanding our network with these and other partners in the future. Special thanks to MFLNRO, MOTI, CSRD and the City of Revelstoke for providing funding and support for this meeting.