Welcome & News Blog
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.
- 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.
The Pemberton Weed Pull is produced by Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council with assistance from Stewardship Pemberton Society and the Village of Pemberton.
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.
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.
- Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 9:00-11:00 am
- Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 11:00 am-1:00 pm
- Monday June 23, 2014 @ 11:00 am-1:00 pm
- Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 10:30 am-12:30 pm
- Monday June 30, 2014 @ 10:30 am-12:30 pm
To register, Send Mail
This workshop was made possible with help from our sponsors and donors:
| || |
| || |
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...
Thanks to everyone who participated in SSISC's Invasive Species Week, June 9-15. Big spreads of burdock in the Alpine area, Yellow flag iris in Creekside, Lamium in Function Junction, and Scotch broom at Lakeside Park were successfully eradicated. Learn more about these species and contact us if you spot them, at 604-698-8334.
(Left to right: Andree Janyk - Acting Mayor/CFOW ELF Grant Committee member; Clare O'Brien - Executive Director SSISC; Carol Coffey - Executive Director CFOW)
SSISC would like to thank the Community Foundation of Whistler (CFOW) for their generosity in awarding $46,876 toward our Invasive Species Certification Program expansion, Invasive Species Education and Outreach goals, and Inventory and Control Program.
$9,950 will allow us to offer, in addition to our Initial Certification Program, a Re-Certification Refresher Workshop for participants from the horticulture, landscaping and earthmoving industries; Best Practice Field Training for licenced herbicide applicators; and Invasive Species Identification Workshops for stewardship groups, environmental consultants, tourism operators and interested members of the general public.
$15,462 has been granted for our education and outreach efforts in assisting the agriculture sector; conducting community weed pulls in Pemberton, Whistler and Squamish; and implementing the Plantwise Program for garden centres throughout the Corridor.
$21,464 has been provided to assist SSISC with inventory and control efforts. This grant has enabled SSISC to hire a second field crew and provide them with the necessary equipment to conduct more on-the-ground removals and treatments, including herbicide, tools, protective equipment and GPS enabled data capture devices. With this increased capacity, SSISC will be able to treat double the number of invasive species infestations in the corridor; coordinate a Yellow Flag Iris Eradication Patrol program; develop a Scotch Broom Management Plan; take inventory of, and better control High Priority invasive species; and develop a much-needed SSISC Regional Strategy in partnership with our funders and member municipalities.
The CFOW's Environmental Legacy Fund Grant Committee has been an ongoing supporter of SSISC’s efforts since 2011 and we are very grateful for their continued support.
Everyone's invited to join in on the eradication fun during Invasive Species Week in Whistler:
Wednesday, June 11: Burdock Blitz Community Weed Pull
Meet at Alpine Café
Learn to identify burdock, the invasive species that overpowers native plants for local habitat, and stop further spread. You will help to remove burdock plants along the Valley Trail in Alpine Meadows and Meadow Park. Bring work gloves and dress for the weather. Free refreshments provided by Alpine Café. This event is co-hosted by AWARE, with funding provided by the Community Foundation of Whistler and equipment provided by the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
Saturday, June 14: Yellow-Flag Iris Eradication Patrol
9:00–11:00 a.m. @ Wayside Park
12:00–2:00 p.m. @ Lakeside Park
Learn to identify Yellow Flag Iris (YFI), an invasive species that takes over wetlands, displacing native vegetation. Pick up a YFI identification sheet to help locate infestations along the shores of Alta Lake, Green Lake and the River of Golden Dreams. SSISC crew members will use this information to plan for and remove the invaders.
Eco-tourism companies can sign up for Tour Guide YFI training sessions during Invasive Species Week. Email email@example.com to request a session.
The BC government has proclaimed June 9–15, 2014 Invasive Species Week! Invasive species threaten BC’s environment, economy and society, including human health, but stopping infestations is possible if action is taken now – before plants go to seed – to prevent, detect and manage invasive species.