News from ISCBC

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WeedsBMP App for Forage and Livestock Producers Now Available

A new smartphone app has been released that is designed specifically for livestock and forage producers in BC. The Best Management Practices for Livestock and Forage Producers app (WeedsBMP app) is based on the ‘Guide to Weeds in BC’ and includes updated information on 95 invasive plant species directly relevant to forage and livestock production. The WeedsBMP app offers in depth information and imagery for identification as well as various ways in which to manage each species, including sources and contacts for more information.

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BC Youth are Becoming Invasive-wise

The Invasive Species Council of BC has been hard at work delivering a new program for youth in BC. The Invasive-wise Youth Challenge inspires youth to take action to create healthy landscapes and communities free of invasive species. The program incorporates educational and outdoor components, with youth initially learning about invasive species through interactive activities. These activities teach children about the negative impacts of invasives, identification skills, and simple ways they can help stop the spread of invasive species in their communities.

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Public is warned not to invite an invasion into BC gardens

June 20, 2018 – Williams Lake. With the warm weather favouring BC’s backyard gardeners and water garden enthusiasts, the Invasive Species Council of BC is reminding the public to be careful when selecting plants and animals for their ponds and gardens.

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Middle school class wins BC’s Invasive Species Action Month photo contest

June 11, 2018 – Williams Lake. With more than 160 entries, Pitt River Middle School’s grade 8 class has won the provincial challenge to post the most photos of invasive species found in their backyard in a contest from the Invasive Species Council of BC for Invasive Species Action Month in May.

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Williams Lake residents inspire change in their city as part of 100In1Day Canada

May 25, 2018, WILLIAMS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA - On June 2, 2018, Williams Lake joins residents across the country in transforming their city through hundreds of positive actions that inspire movement and connection in their neighbourhood. 100In1Day Canada is part of a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their communities, providing residents with a platform to showcase their ideas aimed to spark change in their cities. This year, 100In1Day Williams Lake is led by the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC) and powered by Future Cities Canada.

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Public help called for to prevent spread of Japanese beetle that could damage gardens, lawns

Invasive Species Council of BC, May 24, 2018 – Vancouver, BC. To prevent the spread of invasive Japanese beetles in British Columbia, the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is calling on the public to be on alert for the beetles and to support eradication efforts currently underway in Vancouver. 

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Renewed focus on invasive species by government, partners

Invasive Species Council of British Columbia and Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; VICTORIA; Tuesday, May 1, 2018 8:15 AM - Renewed focus on invasive species by government, partners. The Government of British Columbia and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. have renewed their commitment to effectively manage invasive species in the province, with an updated five-year strategic plan and the proclamation of May 2018 as Invasive Species Action Month. 

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INVASIVES 2018 Highlights and Presentations Available Online

March 15, 2018 - Williams Lake. The INVASIVES 2018 Forum & AGM was held in Richmond, BC February 6 - 8, 2018. This year's event was a huge success.

The INVASIVES 2018 Forum & AGM drew over 175 attendees and presenters from across Canada, the US and the UK. The attendees came from diverse backgrounds, including practitioners, land managers, stewardship groups, invasive species researchers, First Nations leaders, local, provincial and federal government - all with a common interest in invasive species.

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Watch the Winning 2017 BC Invasives Short Videos!

The 2017 BC Invasives Short Video Contest invited residents of BC to enter their own short video about invasive species. All entries had to be under 2 minutes in length and the winners were decided by online public voting. Watch the two winning videos from the 2017 BC Invasives Short Video Contest.

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