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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 - 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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Kiran - Tue Jul 22, 2014 @ 03:56PM
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Kiran - Mon Jul 21, 2014 @ 08:38AM
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Help to whack the out-of-whack! Invasive species are in flower along the banks of the Arn Canal in Pemberton and will soon go to seed if something isn’t done about it. On Saturday, July 26, 2014 everyone is invited to join the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council for a hands-on, Pemberton Weed Pull to battle the invaders. Meet at the covered bridge on the Dyke Trail near Highway 99 from 9:00 to 11:00 am. See poster.

The intruders:

  • Common bugloss (Anchusa officinalis): This species is on SSISC’s Eradicate list, meaning it is a noxious weed in the Sea to Sky Corridor in smaller amounts and complete eradication is the goal. Common bugloss is a pretty, deep blue flower that spreads quickly and reduces natural habitat for native species.
  • Diffuse knapweed (Centaurea diffusa): This species is on SSISC’s Contain list. Knapweed hasn’t yet spread throughout the entire region, so the goal is to contain the currently infested areas. The plant has small, white, lightweight flowers with seeds that can spread up to 100 metres. Each plant can produce up to 18,000 seeds. Knapweed is a fire hazard due to its oils, it displaces livestock forage, and reduces biological diversity.

Wear a hat, sunscreen and sturdy shoes, and bring a shovel and work gloves if you have them. Water bottles are recommended. Some shovels and gloves will be available, and juice and a snack will be provided.

Report sightings to 604-698-8334, ssinvasives@gmail.com, Twitter @ssinvasives, or Facebook.

The Pemberton Weed Pull is produced by Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council with assistance from Stewardship Pemberton Society and the Village of Pemberton.


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Kiran - Sat Jun 28, 2014 @ 08:16PM
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On June 17, 2014 the RMOW adopted an amendment to Whistler’s Environmental Protection Bylaw to manage invasive species and Development Permit conditions for the protection of the natural environment.

This bylaw can now be used as a comprehensive tool to manage the spread of invasive species in Whistler. What has changed?

  • Planting invasive species in Whistler is prohibited
  • Notice will be given to remove invasive plant species on private land
  • Non-compliance can now result in fines of $250 per infraction per day of non-compliance

What this means for SSISC is that our education and removal efforts will see more results with the help of enforcement. 

  • Where can you learn about invasive species in the Sea to Sky Corridor? The SSISC website
  • What can you do if you spot invasive species on your land? CONTACT US at 604-698-8334 or ssinvasives@gmail.com
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Kiran - Thu Jun 19, 2014 @ 03:17PM
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Sign up for an informative and interactive workshop which teaches you how to identify, control and dispose of invasive species. Program benefits include referrals and reduced disposal rates. 

Whistler workshops:

  • Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 9:00-11:00 am
  • Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Squamish workshops:

  • Monday June 23, 2014 @ 11:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Pemberton workshops:

  • Monday June 30, 2014 @ 10:30 am-12:30 pm

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This workshop was made possible with help from our sponsors and donors:




 

        

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Kiran - Tue Jun 17, 2014 @ 01:14PM
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Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council's recent grant from the Community Foundation of Whistler is covered by the Question: http://www.whistlerquestion.com/news/local/cfow-do...

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