Coastal Invasive Species Committee

February 2015 E-News


I -   Coastal ISC News and Updates
II - Upcoming Events
III -Peo
ple in Action
IV - Regional News
V -   BC and International News
VI - Resources and Tidbits

Photo: English Ivy

I -  Coastal ISC News and Updates

The days are getting longer and with recent unseasonably warm days and crocuses seen blooming, staff at Coastal ISC look forward to another year filled with work parties, education and training events and workshops, diverse program delivery; as well as upcoming Seedy Saturdays in Qualicum Beach, the Comox Valley and Victoria; in partnership with local community groups!

But before we get started on upcoming activities; lets look at some of our 2014 accomplishments:  our online presence continues to grow with  Twitter, Facebook and website keeping everyone up-to-date with projects and events.  The Spartina Project continues to map and eradicate Spartina densiflora and Spartina patens from the foreshore areas of Vancouver Island and new this year : Quadra, Cortez, Savory, Texada , Powell River and Northern tip of the Sunshine Coast. We are pleased to announce that no new infestations were found!  S. densiflora mechanical removals was 2000 kg. And S. patens mechanical control included 5 new covered sites and 8 excavated trial sites. The results of these trial sites will be evaluated in the coming years.  Stay tuned for more updates on our 2014 projects!

Are you passionate about invasive species and ecosystem management?  The Coastal ISC is hiring a Project Coordinator in the Comox Valley, deadline to apply is February 22nd.  This an ideal position for someone that has experience working in the field and leading community initiatives, is familiar with central and northern Vancouver Island and enjoys working in a collaborative environment.  The Project Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of invasive plant programs in partnership with local government and community groups and the delivery of invasive plant education programs and events, and communication activities. Please refer to the full job posting on our website for more information about this exciting position


II - Upcoming Events

February 5, 2015 @ 7pm - Comox Valley Seed Savers Presentation "Grown me instead" with a focus on alternatives to invasive plants for your garden

February 7, 2015 - Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday - Coastal ISC staff on hand to answer questions!

February 12, 2015 - Invasive Species: Towards a Deeper Understanding Webinar

February 19, 2015 - Association of BC Professional Foresters Conference and AGM

February 21, 2015 - Seedy Saturday Victoria

February 24, 2015 1:45pm EST Reed Canary Grass Research and Control Methods Webinar

February 25, 2015 - Citizen Science Tackles Invasive Species Webinar

March 7, 2015 - Comox Valley Seedy Saturday

March 19, 2015 9am-4pm - 4th Annual Columbia Gorge Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop

March 24, 2015
  - Invasive Species Learning Options Webinar
III - People in Action

Progress grows on nuisance vegetation
by Paul Galinski, Powell River Peak, January 21, 2015

A program to treat invasive species has had successes and challenges, Powell River Regional District directors were told recently.  Tyler Lambert, manager of roads at Capilano Highways, provided a brief overview of the coastal invasive species committee at a recent board meeting.
Lambert said in 2014, for the ministry of transportation and infrastructure (MOTI), the entire focus was on Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed. There are very few instances of giant hogweed left on the Upper Sunshine Coast, he said. “We found one new site this year,” Lambert said. “It was on private land in Gibsons and has been treated. Japanese knotweed is more pervasive, more so on the Lower Sunshine Coast. We are getting a bit of a handle on it up here. We treated in excess of 70 sites for MOTI on the upper and lower coast combined.”  Read the full story here

Congratulations to the 2015 Together in Action Award winners for leadership on tackling invasive species!  Some of the award winners were from Vancouver Island:
Friends of Devonian Park, Metchosin, BC, Together in Action Stewardship Organization Award
The Friends of Devonian Park is a long-time stewardship organization based in Metchosin, outside Victoria. This group of volunteers has worked every Sunday November to March since 2002 at Devonian Park, a popular oceanfront regional park in Metchosin that includes Douglas-fir, maple and Garry oak meadows and a creek. The volunteers have put in more than 3700 volunteer hours over the years...

Jake Burton, Victoria BC, Together in Action Youth Award
Jake Burton is an unfailing, dedicated and generous volunteer at Parks Canada’s Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site outside Victoria. In the past year, Jake has contributed 97 hours of his time to restoration efforts and invasive species removal, and has begun to mentor new volunteers.
Read the full story and see all the winners here


IV - Regional News

Snowbirds threaten to bring home invasive species
by  By Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press, BC Local News, posted Jan 21, 2015
RICHMOND, B.C. - Canadian snowbirds towing pleasure boats back to Western provinces from winter getaways in the United States are in danger of bringing back some unwelcome guests — two invasive aquatic species.International scientists meeting at the Invasive Species Council of B.C. on Tuesday said zebra and quagga mussels can be sneaky stowaways that have the ability to devastate waters where they're not indigenous.  Read the full article here

Lieutenant Governor sponsors youth environment program
by  Tom Fletcher, BC Local News, posted Jan 7, 2015

VICTORIA – Inspired by her holistic ranching background, Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon has launched a province-wide environmental education program for high school teachers and youth leaders.

Stewards of the Future offers grants of up to $800 per group to cover field trips, fees for programs and guess speakers, equipment and teacher release time for projects. It is offered for students from grades 9-12, First Nations educators, 4-H, Guide and Scout groups and environment clubs, with an application deadline of Jan. 23 for the spring program.  Read the full story here
V -  BC and International News

Now on tap: Beer brewed with zebra mussels and milfoil right from Lake Minnetonka
by KELLY SMITH, Star Tribune, Updated: November 22, 2014
Saving Minnesota lakes from pesky zebra mussels might just be a pint away.
On Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior Brewing Co., just launched an ale made from zebra mussel shells and Eurasian milfoil — taken fresh out of the big lake. That’s right, a keg of aquatic invasive species. Read the full story here

B.C. government mulling an Invasive Species Act to fight costly introduction of non-native species 
By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2015
The B.C. government is considering new legislation to coordinate the attack against a costly and ever-growing threat posed by the introduction of non-native plants, animals and diseases.
Tim Sheldan, deputy minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, said Tuesday that the existing Weed Control Act and regulations have been under internal study and that an “extensive scientific review” of invasive plant species for regulation is nearing completion. Read the full article here

Invasive species in the Great Lakes by 2063
by Eureka Alert, January 29, 2015
The Great Lakes have been invaded by more non-native species than any other freshwater ecosystem in the world. In spite of increasing efforts to stem the tide of invasion threats, the lakes remain vulnerable, according to scientists from McGill University and colleagues in Canada and the United States. If no new regulations are enforced, they predict new waves of invasions and identify some species that could invade the Lakes over the next 50 years. Read the full article here

Drones That Can Suck Up Water Hunt Oil Leaks, Invasive Species
By Andrew Rosenblum, MIT Technology Review, January 20, 2015
Drones carrying cameras or infrared sensors have already found favor with farmers, police forces, and extreme sports enthusiasts. Now engineers are testing versions of the tiny craft that can do more than just observe.
Prototypes able to swoop down to scoop up water samples are being developed to help ecologists, the oil industry, and others track oil leaks or invasive species. Some can even perform rudimentary analysis on the water they collect. Read the full story here


VI - Resources and Tidbits

Reed Canarygrass: Research and Control Methods

This webinar will introduce participants to the latest research on reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) invasion of wetlands and ways to address this resource concern during the conservation planning process. learn more here...
Who should participate?
Land Managers
Land Owners
Pest Management Specialists
Wildlife Biologists
Session Details:
Feb 24, 2015 2:00 pm US/Eastern     Duration: 01:00 (hh:mm)  
*** Please join the session 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. ***
Jennifer Anderson-Cruz, State Biologist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Georgia State Office, Athens, GA
***You will need to fill out a registration form and possibly a survey first.  For more information click here.

On the Lighter Side...

 by Jan Elliot

Thank you for your continued support!

Coastal ISC Staff and Partners in Action!

Contractor on Denman Island
stuffs bin with Spartina

Coastal ISC Board of Directors


Summer Field Tour participants
look at restoration of Butterchurch