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Invasive species impact the ecology of mountain parks. They can crowd out native plants, reduce biodiversity, degrade wildlife habitat, cause erosion, and impact water quality. Many of them are unpalatable for wildlife, and as they increase in numbers they push out native species that are food for the local herbivores. Invasive plant seeds and other fragments are easily spread by humans; on our feet, the wheels of our car, the hull of our boat, and the tires of our mountain bike, to name a few. There are many invasive species growing in the Diamond Head parking lot at the trailhead to Garibaldi Provincial Park. Yellow lamium, Common burdock, St. John's-Wort, and Oxeye daisy have all invaded the area. Removing these invasives will prevent them from spreading up the trails and into the alpine where sensitive wildflower ecosystems exist. You can help to reduce the impact of invasive species on our mountain parks by coming out to the Community Weed Pull Sunday September 20th 2:00-4:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come learn how to identify local invasives, and get some hands on experience removing them while helping to protect our park from invasion. Tools, refreshments, and snacks will be provided! Bring gardening gloves if you have them.
Location: Garibaldi Provincial Park - Diamond Head Parking Lot (this is the parking lot for the Red Heather meadows and Elfin lakes hike).
Directions: Follow Mamquam Road east from highway 99, and through an industrial area. Where the gravel road forks; turn left onto Garibaldi Park rd. It is 14.5km from highway 99 to the upper parking lot at 950m elevation where the weed pull will take place. The road is gravel and can easily be driven by 2 wheel drive vehicles.
See you there!
We would like to extend a huge thanks to the Community Foundation of Whistler and the American Friends of Whistler for their generous support which allowed us to purchase this tent, table cover, table, and display material. We are so much more effective in delivering educational material at public events with this fantastic looking set-up! It was put to good use at our recent Invasive Species Community Information Session and Pemberton Farmers Market. Come visit us at the upcoming "Crafty by Nature" event in Whistler this Saturday August 31st, the Squamish Farmer's Market the following Saturday (Sept 5th), and the next Saturday (Sept 12th) at the Brackendale Fall Fair.
Breanne and Kalenna set up and ready to spread awareness and offer advice about invasive species at our recent Community Information Session.
Spreading the word at the Pemberton Farmers Market.
"A lot of people are aware of the environmental impacts, but not the agricultural impacts,” said Clare Greenberg, executive director of the SSISC. “This is an attempt to boost that depth of understanding and help the farming community of Pemberton in the battle against invasive species. - See more at: http://www.whistlerquestion.com/news/pemberton/cam...
June is Invasive Species Action Month and we are excited to host community Weed Pulls throughout the corridor. Come out and learn about our local invasive plants, how to identify them, and how to remove them. Then get your hands dirty helping us clear out invaders and make room for our natural plants and animals to flourish. Bring your enthusiasm, your gardening gloves, and your friends! Find your local weed pull below:
Are you interested in joining SSISC this summer to help us remove invasive species at sites throughout the Sea to Sky Region?
If you are interested in the position and are eligible to participate in the Canada Summer Jobs program, please get in touch.
Full job description can be viewed here. Application due date has been extended and will now close Friday 24th April, 2015.
Hope to see you at our upcoming AGM and public forum on April 30th in Squamish!
We have organised a great line up of speakers for you, see draft agenda here .
Spring has sprung, and SSISC is hiring for the following positions:
- Invasive Species Management Crew Member
- Invasive Species Management Crew Member (Summer Student)
- Communications Assistant & Crew Member (Summer Student)
- Program Assistant
Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to apply.
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