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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

Wild Edibles Iphone App:


CSISS will be hosting its first invasive species field day and Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) workshop in July. All are welcome to attend! These FREE workshops are a great opportunity for biologists, landscape professionals and the general public to learn about local invasive plants and how to use the province-wide invasive plant database.

On July 7 we will be out in the field day with Juliet Craig, P.Ag. and RPBio to learn about invasive species identification and proper survey methodology. Formal IAPP data entry and manipulation training will occur with Laura Kristiansen from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on July 8, 2014. 

Space is limited so please RSVP to


The BC government has, in recognition of the importance of fighting plant and animal invaders, officially proclaimed June 9 – 15, 2014 as Invasive Species Week.

Invasive species matter.  Even though they have harmful effects on our immediate environment they are actually one of the slow-motion natural disasters we can actually tackle as individuals. Be a part of the solution and learn more about how you can help protect our natural environment by attending these local Invasive Species Week Events. Visit for more info and a variety of events across the Province.

Invasive Species Week Events:

Sunday, June 8

Invader Ranger Education Station, iLearn Street
1pm-5pm, North Fairground (351 – 3rd St. SW, Salmon Arm BC)

Monday, June 9
Yellow Flag Iris Weed Pull
5:30 pm -8:00 pm, Little White Lake

Tuesday, June 10
Community Weed Pull and Native Re-vegetation
5:00 pm -7:00 pm, Revelstoke (meet at Greenbelt Skate Park)

Saturday, June 14
Grow Me Instead Workshop, Hanna and Hanna Orchards
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Salmon Arm

Saturday, June 14
Info Booth at Revelstoke Farmers Market
8:00am-12:00pm, Revelstoke

Wednesday, June 18
Info Booth at Golden Farmers Market
12:00 pm -5:00 pm, Golden


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

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:


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.



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.