UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

CSISS Invasive Plant ID and Management Workshop: Trails and Recreation Areas Focus
May 5th at 10:00 am- 11:00 am 
Description: Participants will learn to identify key invasive plants that are often found along trails and in recreation areas. in the Columbia Shuswap region. This workshop is especially applicable to trail stewardship groups, park and recreation area users, Indigenous Peoples, trail builders, and trail users of all kinds! Topics covered include invasive plant identification, best management practices for reducing the spread of invasive plants, control options and reporting.

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Pollination Networking for Your Garden

May 19th at 10:00 am- 11:00 am 

Description: Join the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) and guest speakers to learn about how you can support plant-pollinator relationships in your garden. CSISS will be speaking about the PlantWise program, which encourages gardeners to choose non-invasive and native plants for their gardens. Brenda Beckwith and Valerie Huff will be presenting Pollination Networking for Your Garden.

In the BC interior, our landscapes are a mix of wild natural areas, residential, agricultural, and urban spaces. Current ‘conventional choices’ of what we plant in our home spaces are very different than what was here prior to western settlement. This webinar is an invitation to reconnect our home spaces to the surrounding landscape, support plant-pollinator relationships, and give back some of what we have taken away. You will meet some of our native plants and native pollinators. Lessons that we have learned about rewilding for pollinators will be shared and we’ll highlight a couple of projects from the Revelstoke area. We will offer tips and strategies for enhancing gardens to build habitat and connectivity with the greater pollination network that surrounds, and could include, you.

Presenter Bios

Brenda Beckwith PhD, Principal, KinSeed Ecologies. Brenda, a plant ecologist and ethnobotanist, has helped people discover and incorporate native plants into home gardens and restoration sites in both BC and California. KinSeed Ecologies offers native plant seeds, consulting, and native plant propagation services in the BC Interior.

Valerie Huff MSc, Restoration Botanist, Kootenay Native Plant Society (KNPS) and Director, Native Bee Society of BC. Valerie has been a professional botanist in the West Kootenay for over 25 years. Co-founder of KNPS, her love of plants and extensive training and knowledge in restoration ecology, plant propagation, and agronomy informs and enlivens both her work and her life.

CSISS Invasive Plant ID and Management Workshop: Invasive Plants with Yellow Flowers
May 27th at 10:00 am- 11:00 am   

Description: Participants will learn to identify key invasive plants in the Columbia Shuswap region and implement best management practices in the field to prevent the spread of invasive species. The Identification portion of this workshop will focus on high priority invasive plants with yellow flowers- such as leafy spurge, wild parsnip, yellow flag iris and others.This workshop is applicable to stewardship groups industry, forestry, Indigenous Peoples, municipal and regional staff, landscapers, gardeners, recreationists and other interested individuals. Topics that will be covered include invasive plant identification, best management practices for reducing the spread of invasive species, control options and reporting.

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Past Workshops

2021 Annual Land Manager Meeting
2020 CSISS Annual General Meeting
2020 Plant ID Walk at Revekstoke Wildflower Festival
2020 Invasive Plant ID and Edible Invasives Training
2020 Spring Invasive Plant ID and Management Training
2020 CSISS Annual Land Manager Meeting
2019 CSISS AGM with guest speakers
2019 Edible Invasives Workshop
2019 IAPP Workshop: Recording and Reporting Techniques for Professionals
2019 Spring Invasive Plant ID workshops
2019 CSISS Land Manager Meeting
2019 Columbia Basin Operational Planning Meeting
2018 CSISS AGM and Special Workshop 
2018 Edible Invasives Workshop
2018 Spring Invasive Plant ID and Management Training Workshops
2018 CSISS Strategic Planning Meeting
2018 CSISS Annual Land Manager Meeting
2017 Spring Invasive Species ID and Management Training Workshops 
2017 Wetland Restoration and Invasive Species Workshop 
2017 CSISS AGM and special workshop 
2017 Knot on my Property: Knotweed Landowner Workshops 
2016 CSISS AGM and special workshop
2016 Forestry and Invasives Workshop, Revelstoke/ Golden
2016 Roads and Weeds Workshop
2016 Plant Identification Workshop with Ken Marr, Royal BC Museum and Okanagan College
2016 Environmental Education Workshops with CBEEN and NCES
2016 Invasive Species ID and Management Training Workshops
Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society