Coastal Invasive Species Committee

August 2013 E-Newsletter

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: Giant Hogweed Leaf

I -  Coastal ISC News and Updates

Our recent 8th Annual AGM, Forum and Field Tour on June 13 was held at Beban Park in Nanaimo. This years theme was "Partnerships; the Effectiveness Quotient" where speakers and participants discussed the current state of invasive species on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. June Pretzer, Chair of the Coastal ISC welcomed over 60 participants representing government, non profit, private interest and interested citizens to learn more about invasive species and the Coastal ISC.

Presentations were made by Matthias Herborg, Invasive Aquatic Specialist from the Ministry of Environment, who spoke about Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and gave updates on AIS Legislation in BC and Federal Fisheries Act.  Lisa Jarrett,Territory Manager for Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc.presented on How herbicides are helping in invasive species management in BC and the US; using one tool in the Toolbox to control invasive species. As well Carolyn Richman, CRISP Chair and Environmental Education Officer for District of Saanich spoke about the Local Partnership Model that The Capital Region Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) is successfully using.

Rachelle McElroy, Coastal ISC Coordinator recapped the Program Highlights for 2012 and Progress Report 2013, which included redesign of logo, website and social media updates, a new Brochure and an Achievements Flyer, Education & Outreach through CRISP, the Take Action program with ISC BC, Provincial report a weed, Sunshine Coast Outreach with MOTI; Capacity Building with part time staff and contractors; Research trials; Monitoring treated Knotweed; contractor training, inventories, regional partnership funding;  Updated Priority Plant/Species List 2013: Scotch Thistle added to contain while Orange Hawkweed species moved to control category.

Two special resolutions were passed: a title change for the full-time Coordinator position to the title of Executive Director and a Bylaw change where membership was changed to be more inclusive by not limiting the number of members in each interest area.
Photo: Regional Dialogue Session

Participants broke out into South, Central, Northern and Sunshine Coast regional groups.  Discussions focused on the formation of local partnership groups and regional priorities. These discussions give Coastal ISC a better understanding on how to facilitate and support the regional groups for each region.

Members voted for new & returning 2013 Board of Directors.  A warm welcome to: 

  • Erica McClaren, Provincial Parks,Natural Resource Lands
  • June Pretzer, Conservation Lands, Natural Resource Lands
  • Dave Murphy, Agricultural Producer, Natural Resource Industries
  • Erik Jeklin, Forestry, Natural Resource Industries
  • Barrie Agar, Horticulture, Natural Resource Industries
  • Dan Williams, First Nations
  • Darrell Frank, Municipalities Central, Municipalities and Regional Districts
  • Marie Roberton, Regional District South, Municipalities and Regional Districts
  • Carolyn Richman, Capital Regional Invasive Species Partnership, Regional Partnership
  • Cory Manton, Municipalities, Municipalities and Regional Districts
  • Graham Gidden, Regional District Central, Municipalities and Regional Districts
  • Michele Jones, Environmental Professional, Scientific Community
  • Valentin Schaefer, Academia, Scientific Community
  • Raj Prasad, Utilities, Utilities and Transportation Corridors
  • Amber Smith/ Anne Molony, Transportation, Utilities and Transportation Corridors
  • Julian Anderson, Community Organization, Stewardship                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo: (from left to right) Rachelle McElroy, Barrie Agar, Carolyn Richman, Graham Gidden, Marie Robertson, Darrell Frank, Erica McLaren, Eric Jeklin,Val Schaefer, June Pretzer, Julian Anderson, Cory Manton

The last component of the day was our popular Field Tours – with participants watching a demo on the new and improved stem injection gun, modified by Jennifer Grenz of Metro Vancouver Invasive Species Council and then walking to a nearby Giant Knotweed site to see first hand the stem injection method commonly used for treating Knotweed.

We would like to thank our members, funders, and partners for providing direction and support in the past and towards ongoing and new initiatives.

Photo: Jennifer Grenz, Development and Projects Manager with MVISC

Our new Brochure has arrived! 
Get your order in for our popular new Brochure.  The brochure highlights select Invasive Species in the Coastal ISC service area, provides useful tips for managing invasive species and gives an overview on how invasive species are managed as well as information on how to report invasive species.  

The brochure opens up to a glossy 11x17 poster with photos of select invasive species.  While the brochure will soon be available on our website for download, you can contact us to place an order for printed copies, at a cost of $0.40 each.                                               


II - Upcoming Events

September 16–19 2013, 37th BC Mine Reclamation Symposium, Sheraton Wall Center, Vancouver

January 21-22 2013, Public Educational Forum, Richmond, BC

III - People in Action

SaltSpring Island Conservancy
Cutting Broom on Manzanita Ridge     A big thank-you goes out to Rod, Fraser and Trevor, the contractors from the Coastal Invasive Species Committee (CISC), who spent a morning in July clearing broom from the Manzanita Ridge Nature Reserve. Thanks also to Rachelle McElroy for organizing this work and Thank-you all for getting this done! This prevents more propagation of invasive broom and makes way for our native species to return. This is a great start and makes it easier for us at the Saltspring Island Conservancy to keep the area broom-free. Great job! See more photos on Facebook here

Broom Campaign Winds Down: The Stewardship Committee of the Salt Spring Conservancy thanks everyone who contributed to this year’s successful broom awareness campaign.
Since the start of the campaign in 2010, cutting has increased every year, partly due to the public’s growing awareness of broom as a fire hazard and an aggressive non-native spreader, and partly due to new community partnerships. Read the full article from the Gulf Islands Driftwood community news here

IV - Regional News

Ant attack
With Gregor Craigie, CBC Radio Victoria, July 24/13
Interview with Robert Higgins, Assistant professor of entomology at Thompson Rivers University, on the European Fire Ant invasion of Oak Bay. Listen to the interview here

Tiny Argentine ants invade Victoria, poised to bug you like crazy 
By Amy Smart, Times Colonist July 21, 2013
One of the 100 worst invasive species on the planet — the Argentine ant — has made its way into Victoria.  The tiny ants, known for building colonies that can stretch up to 1,000 kilometres in length, have been identified in the area along the north side of Oak Bay Avenue in Victoria.  “While these ants don’t bite and they don’t sting, they’re a nuisance on a scale that we don’t normally see in British Columbia,” said ant expert Rob Higgins. Read more here

Giant Hogweed in the Spotlight
How to report Hogweed sightings
By Linda Aylesworth  Global News July 8, 2013
The toxic, invasive plant Hogweed has spread across Metro Vancouver. Plant experts warned it would happen, and while it looks harmless enough, the Giant Hogweed can cause serious burns. Watch the video here

Giant Hogweed spreading across Canada 
By Paulina Keber, The Weather Network, July 17, 2013
Have you ever heard of Giant Hogweed? A few years ago, a few friends and I became very familiar with the name. Two events gave us the privilege of learning about the dangerous plant— the first was getting lost in a forest, the second involved a rafting trip.  Read more here

Giant Hogweed Identification and Comparison with Cow Parsnip
By MVISC, uploaded to You Tube on Jun 30, 2011
This video was created by the Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council to help people to identify Giant Hogweed and to be better able to discern it from the native species, Cow Parsnip.  Watch the video here

V -  BC and International News

BC’s New Controlled Alien Species Regulations
Recently updated Controlled Alien Species Regulations include schedules with a focus on aquatic species that ‘pose a risk to property, wildlife or wildlife habitat’- brought into force Dec. 18th, 2012.  View the full publication here

The plant that could cost you your home
By, Jun 25, 2013
If, like me, you are not particularly green-fingered, you might think that one plant looks pretty much like another. In which case you are in danger of missing a silent assassin gaining strength within your garden.  Japanese knotweed looks like lots of other weeds to the untrained eye, but it has the power to ruin your home and cost you... Read more here

BIOFUELS: EPA approves feedstocks from 2 invasive plants despite warnings
By Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter, July 2, 2013
U.S. EPA has finalized a rule that would allow biofuels made from two potentially invasive plants to qualify for the benefits associated with the renewable fuel standard.  The agency has found that biofuels made from the feedstocks -- Arundo donax and napiergrass -- meet the 60 percent greenhouse gas emissions reductions threshold to qualify as cellulosic biofuels. The rule says producers would be required to comply with measures to reduce the invasive potential of the bioenergy crops. Read more here

VI - Resources and Tidbits

Invasion Ecology
2nd edition by Lockwood, Hoopes and Marchetti (2013) 450 pp. published by Wiley Blackwell
This book provides a broad synthesis of this fast growing field of research and is an essential text for students and practitioners in ecology, conservation management and related disciplines. The second edition provides a comprehensive and updated introduction to all aspects of biological invasion by non-native species. Highlighting important research findings associated with each stage of the invasion process, the book provides an overview from transportation patterns and causes of establishment success to ecological impacts, invader management, and post-invasion evolution. The authors have significantly updated all chapters and produced new chapters on predicting and preventing invasion, managing and eradicating invasive species, and invasion dynamics in a changing climate. Can be purchased online here

Weeds News Digest
The Weed's News email digest contains many interesting international articles, a few articles that really show the importance of roadside weed management as well as some interesting ideas around weeds from Garden to gourmet.  Read more articles here

Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change: Renewing Damaged Ecosystems
By Stuart K. Allison, Published 18th May 2012 by Routledge – 252 pages
What is a natural habitat? Who can define what is natural when species and ecosystems constantly change over time, with or without human intervention? When a polluted river or degraded landscape is restored from its damaged state, what is the appropriate outcome? With climate change now threatening greater disruption to the stability of ecosystems, how should restoration ecologists respond? Read more about this book and how to purchase it

Thank you for your continued support!

Coastal ISC Staff and Partners in Action!

Regional Dialogues
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Invasive Plant Inventory
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Field Tour at AGM in