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Invasive species certification launched

By Andrew Mitchell, PiqueNewsmagazine, Whistler, This week the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council announced that it is launching a pilot certification program for horticulturalists to stop the spread of invasive species.

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Invasive plants and animals damage natural areas

By Marshall Brain, McClatchy News Service, The Wenatchee World, If you were to go back and look at the United States 1,000 years ago, the number and types of animal and plant species you would find would be quite different than they are today. The change started with the arrival of Europeans to the North American continent. Some of the species they brought with themselves initially included farm animals like horses, chickens, cattle, pigs and even honey bees. None of these animals existed in North American prior to the arrival of Europeans.

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Report: Tree canopy declining in Seattle’s parks and forests

By Larry Lange, Seattle PI Local, Seattle is losing trees in its parks and urban forests, the last places you might think that would happen. The trend, picked up by a recent study of the city's tree canopy, results from an aging public forest that's dying, being slowly choked by invasive plants or killed by disease.

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Invasive plants ready to spring forward

By Autumn MacDonald, Quesnel Cariboo Observer, While winter has still not released us from its grasp, spring is upon us. Soon native wildflowers will be shaking off winter’s remnants and start reaching for the warm rays of spring’s sun. However, lurking among our freshly emerging native plants are some pretty imposters.

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Officials simulate Great Lakes carp spill scenario

By Sharon Oosthoek, CBC News, It's not every day emergency response experts gather to test their readiness to deal with a fish. But the Asian carp is no ordinary fish, and so on Friday, a boardroom in the Peterborough offices of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is being turned into a temporary war room of sorts. It marks the first time government experts have come together to simulate an invasive-species emergency.

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Control invasive species, report urges

By Shawn Jeffords, Sarnia Observer, A new report from the International Joint Commission (IJC) is urging Ottawa and Washington to get serious about invasive species in the Great Lakes.

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Aliens Among Us - BC Royal Museum Travelling Exhibition

Beginning May 2011 - 2013 - Multiple Locations

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Take that, you green invaders!

By Troy Landreville, Langley Advance, Armed with gloves and long handled pruners Sunday morning, the Lower Mainland Green Team set out to eradicate invaders at Campbell Valley Regional Park.

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Students help city crews pull up invasive species

The Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo city park crews recently got a helping hand in the removal of invasive species at Colliery Dam Park from a class of John Barsby Secondary School students.

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Invasive weeds need to be stopped

Agassiz-Harrison Observer, The Miami River Greenway in Harrison Hot Springs provides a healthy environment for both people and wildlife.  Behind newer properties along the Miami River from the 200 to the 400- block is a riparian strip held in covenant by the Village. 

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