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Welcome to the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council, a non-profit society that works to minimize the negative impacts caused by invasive species on the south coast of British Columbia, Canada, in cooperation with organizations, First Nations, governments and industry.

Kiran Pal-Pross - Sat Sep 27, 2014 @ 10:49PM
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In 2012 and 2013, our field crew treated the Yellow flag iris infestation at Finch Street, Squamish by pulling and cutting the vegetation (primarily seed heads). Cutting the vegetation prevents the spread of seeds and should eventually deplete the energy reserves in the root mass, but the process takes around five to six years of continued cutting.

This year, the crew dug out the entire root mat, and removed the material from the site. Yellow flag iris spreads by seed as well as by rhizome so we will need to monitor this site over the next few years for regrowth, but it is hoped that the root mat removal will reduce the amount of regrowth next spring, and help us move towards eradication at this site.

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Kiran Pal-Pross - Fri Sep 26, 2014 @ 07:41AM
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Join SSISC for BC Rivers Day celebrations in Whistler this Sunday, September 28. There will be canoes for use, river education activities including invasive species information, music and more!

Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Location: Edgewater Outdoor Centre on Green Lake

See the poster: http://www.whistler.ca/sites/default/files/related/events/bc_rivers_day_poster_2013finaldraft.pdf

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Kiran Pal-Pross - Thu Sep 25, 2014 @ 07:54AM
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SSISC is the feature story in this week's Pique Newsmagazine! Guardians at the Gate - The Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council has evolved from a grassroots weed-puller to an agent of ecological restoration. Read the article

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Kiran Pal-Pross - Mon Sep 22, 2014 @ 05:23PM
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Some invasive species require biocontrol agents - in this case Cyphocleonus achates; Agapeta zoegana; and Larinus spp., which attack the seed heads and roots of Diffuse and Spotted knapweed. These agents were located by the SSISC field crew in the Sea to Sky Corridor. That's good news!

Learn more about biocontrol at http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hra/Plants/biocontrol/what.htm

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Kiran Pal-Pross - Mon Sep 22, 2014 @ 01:11PM
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As part of the World Rivers Day celebrations, join SSISC at Quest University's Pollinator Enhancement Project on Sunday, October 5 from 10am to 3pm at Quest University, 3200 University Blvd, Squamish.

Help us plant native plants to encourage native pollinators, learn about invasive species, chat with other environmental groups, take a hive tour, sample local honey, meet local artists and crafters, enjoy music and try beeswax candle dipping. 

Family fun rain or shine! All equipment provided but feel free to bring gloves, shovels, etc. Dress for the weather.
Contact michalina.hunter@questu.ca for more details. 

Share the poster with your friends and colleagues: Bee_Poster_Final.pdf

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Kiran Pal-Pross - Thu Sep 04, 2014 @ 12:12PM
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SSISC is a BC PlantWise Ambassador. We're helping to prevent the introduction and spread of horticulturally invasive plants through common vectors—specifically through the propagating/growing, selling, improper disposal, purchasing, trading, transporting or gifting of invasive plants.

The PlantWise program encourages responsible behavior among plant growers, sellers and buyers to be PlantWise when choosing and using plants. By doing your part to prevent the introduction and spread of horticulturally invasive plants, you are contributing to the protection of BC’s environment, society, economy and human/animal health. 

Whether you are adding new, attractive plants to your garden, starting a landscaping project, growing crops, running a horticulture-based business or are removing invasive plants from your land – you can make a difference! Yourself, your family, your community or your organization can get involved. Help stop the spread of horticulturally invasive plants already being circulated in BC, and help prevent the introduction of new invasive plants. How? 

Start with the facts. The Grow Me Instead materials list BC-wide invasive species and recommend alternatives:


Grow Me Instead Snapshot BrochureDownload PDF
Purchase a print version (mailed to you) 


Grow Me Instead Booklet Download PDF
Purchase a print version (mailed to you)


Grow Me Instead Wallet CardAsk for one at your local florist, plant nursery or plant retail store
Purchase a print version (mailed to you)


Can't find PlantWise information at your local florist plant nursery or plant retail store? Ask them to join the cause! They can learn more here: http://bcinvasives.ca/resources/programs/plant-wis...  

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Kiran Pal-Pross - Thu Aug 21, 2014 @ 04:26PM
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Executive Director Clare O'Brien speaks with Stephen Quinn on CBC's Early Edition about updated legislation on invasive species in Whistler. [Read & Listen: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/whistler-invasive-plants-could-now-get-you-a-ticket-1.2719948]

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Kiran Pal-Pross - Thu Aug 21, 2014 @ 03:52PM
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An alien invasion is likely the only way to bring about world peace. Humanity would band together at the imminent threat, lay aside their issues with each other and instead, fight the invaders side-by-side.This is what I was thinking as Rob Hughes and Sam Cousins crouched down, guns in hand, in a thicket in Squamish. The thicket was dense with Japanese knotweed.

This alien species, from Asia, was brought to BC as a garden ornamental and promptly upgraded to the classification of invasive alien species because of its incredibly successful reproductive strategy and the absence of native pests, predators and pathogens to keep it in check.

So here I am, contemplating the kill that's about to happen in the thicket, thinking why can't we just eat them? Or out-plant them with native species? [Read more: http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/naturesp...]

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Invasive Species Identification Workshops - Thursday, August 14, 2014

Whistler 9-11 am
Squamish 2-4 pm


This program is offered to stewardship groups, environmental consultants, tourism operators, interested members of the general public and anyone else working on-the-ground. Cost is $20 per person, and includes all materials. Space is limited.

Sign up for the Invasive Species Identification Workshop at ssinvasives@gmail.com.

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SSISC is offering new workshops this August:

Best Practice Field Training
Thursday, August 7, 2014
9 am - 12 pm
Squamish, in the field 

This program is open to licenced herbicide applicators, or those interested in obtaining a licence. The focus will be on Japanese Knotweed herbicide treatment. Best Practice Field Training includes all materials. Cost is $30 per person and space is very limited. 

Sign up for Best Practice Field Training at ssinvasives@gmail.com.

Invasive Species Identification Workshop
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Whistler 9-11 am
Squamish 2-4 pm

This program is offered to stewardship groups, environmental consultants, tourism operators, interested members of the general public and anyone else working on-the-ground. Cost is $20 per person, and includes all materials. Space is limited. 

Sign up for the Invasive Species Identification Workshop at ssisc.programs@gmail.com.


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