Welcome & News Blog
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to apply.
2015 AGM - SAVE THE DATE!!!
You may have noticed our new, orange, Donate Online button on the side bar of our website. It's not too late to donate to SSISC. Your donation is much appreciated and helps to fund our many operations. Tax receipts are provided immediately through the donation program.
Thanks in advance for your support!
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As we are wrapping up our busy field season and are starting to report on some of our programs, we find ourselves reflecting on the mountain of great work that what has been made possible so far this year, by our WONDERFUL and GENEROUS funders!
In particular HUGE thanks must go to the Community Foundation of Whistler, our biggest supporter.
We received an incredibly generous grant of $46,876 from the Envrionmental Legacy Fund for 2014-15, funding the following programs:
Inventory & Control Program:
- Yellow Flag Iris Eradication Patrol
- Development of Scotch Broom Management Plan
- Inventory and Control of High Priority Invasive Species
- Development of SSISC Regional Strategy
Education & Outreach Program:
- Weeds & Agriculture: Information Resource Development, Workshops & Farm Tour
- Community Weed Pulls
- Plantwise Program
- Purchase of Outreach Materials
Certification & Training Programs:
- Invasive-free Certification Program for Horticulture, Landscaping & Earthmoving professionals
- Best Practice Field Training for herbicide application
- Invasive Species Identification Workshops
So, here's to a great year, and here's to the Community Foundation of Whistler!
The SSISC field crew carried out inventory, control and monitoring at 312 sites (199 sites by our four field employees, and 110 by a contracted biologist) throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor between June and September 2014.
Species removed manually included: Yellow Flag Iris, Scotch Broom, Purple Loosestrife, Cypress Spurge, Blueweed, Himalayan Blackberry, Diffuse Knapweed, Spotted Knapweed, Burdock, Perennial Sow Thistle, Hoary Alyssum, Lamium, English Holly, English Ivy, Oxeye Daisy, Canada Thistle, Bull Thistle, Himalayan Balsam, Small flowered touch me not, Spiny Sow Thistle, Common Periwinkle, Flat Pea, Canadian Horseweed, Spanish Broom, Orange Hawkweed and Bladder Campion.
Species treated chemically included: Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Common Comfrey, and Orange Hawkweed.
SSISC’s field program was made possible by funding from the Community Foundation of Whistler; BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure; BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations; BC Parks; BC Hydro; FortisBC; Squamish Nation; District of Squamish; Resort Municipality of Whistler; Ashlu Creek Investments Limited Partnership and private landowners.