Coastal Invasive Species Committee


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Coastal ISC Field Season Now Underway

Invasive plant treatment and control work is underway within the Coastal ISC Service Area, for the 4th year!Giant Hogweed Removal

Plants of greatest concern include Knotweed species and Giant hogweed.  For a larger list of plants we will be tackling, by priority, refer to our priority invasive plant list.

The field season runs from the beginning of July to late October - during which time, you may run into our field workers, a site recieving treatment, or one of our "Do Not Mow" or  "Herbicide Notice" signs.

The Coastal ISC works under a comprehensive pest management plan which follows 2013 doNotMow 524x800Integrated Pest Management IPM techniques and outlines specific requirements to manage invasive species on crown land. An appropriate combination of mechanical, chemical and biological treatment methods are used to eradicate primarily Provincially Regulated Noxious Weeds growing throughout coastal communities; plants whose removal is required under the BC Weed Control Act.

Due to the high risk of these plants spreading into nearby natural areas and private property, causing harm to people, the environment and infrastructure, the Coastal ISC works to control these highly invasive priority plants.  This is done on properties where funding has been provided.

Thank you to funding partners: Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, BC Parks, Fortis BC, BC Hydro and some Local Governments. Their funding allows us to tackle infestations on road right of ways, parks and easements.

Preventing and managing the spread of invasive plants is everyone's responsibility!  Here is how you can help! 

 "Partnerships at work, reducing the threat of invasive species on coastal communities"

Pesticide Applicators course offered in Victoria

An Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weed Pesticide Applicators Course is being offered in July.  This course may be of intersest to those working to control invasive plants.

The ISCBC (Invasive Species Council of BC) will offer the course in Victoria (location TBD).  Please contact Stephanie Woods (below) asap if you are interested in attending and indicate your available date:

Timing: Either July 8-10th or 15-17th (please if you are available for either or both)

Cost: approx $200 per participant and includes: $90 for the exam, $60 for the Canadian Pesticide Educational Program Applicator Core Manual & $30 for the supplemental info manual (it is mandatory to have both - but an optional charge as they may be borrowed or use older versions).  Plus small fee for food/beverages.


For information or registration:

Stephanie Woods

Program Coordinator

Invasive Species Council of BC

(250) 580-8557

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Celebrate Invasive Species Week June 9-16


Raising awareness about harmful effects of invasives to our economy, environment and culture

To draw attention to the dangers of introducing or spreading invasive species in British Columbia, the BC government has officially declared June 9-15, 2014 as Invasive Species Week across the province. Invasive species threaten BC’s environment, economy and society, including human health, but stopping invasive species is possible if we take action now to prevent, detect and manage invasive species.

By proclaiming Invasive Species week officially, the government is demonstrating that targeting invasive species is a priority, and that all British Columbians must become more aware of and take action against invasive species across the province. Read the proclamation here

Events and activities are taking place as we enter the active outdoor summer months, encouraging us to be more aware of invasive species in order to take positive actions.

A full calendar is available where you can check out what's happening, and join in taking action against invasive species.  There are several events planned for Vancouver Island!

There are educational resources for teachers and youth group leaders:
• ISCBC has developed a free package of youth and school education resources that teachers, recreational group leaders and camp counselors can download and use to highlight invasive species and actions we can take to stop their spread.
• The package includes activities, games, information and colouring sheets, and can be downloaded at

The Invasive Species Council of BC is launching a series of webinars starting on Friday June 13, from 1 – 2 PM. These sessions will provide participants with cutting-edge information about invasive species in BC, their impacts, management, new resources and actions you can take to stop their introduction and spread.  The webinars will interest gardeners, stewardship groups, educators, land managers, governments and other professionals.

Topics include:
o Early Detection, Rapid Response (June 13)
o PlantWise: An Introduction for Gardeners: the top 26 plants to avoid in your garden (June 20)
o Aquatic invasive Plants (June 24)




Learn which Invasive Species May Be Lurking around the Corner

 Invasive Species lurking? That may sound like science fiction but the threat is real. According to Ernie Sellentin, Project Manager for the Coastal ISC, "We have fantastic growing conditions here on BC's southern Coast and those conditions also allow numerous invasive species to thrive; our area is also gateway to our province for invasive plants and species. Luckily we have a variety of means to control many of these species".

All are invited to come and hear Ernie Sellentin share his hands-on knowledge about Invasive Species, why they are cause for concern and what is being done to reduce their impacts to coastal communities. The talk will be on Texada Island and will cover treatment methods like mechanical, cultural, biological and the dreaded chemical; including in depth coverage of Tansy Ragwort, Meadow Knapweed and Knotweed. There will be an assortment of live invasive plants to view up close and in person. This discussion is meant for a diverse audience from those wanting to learn more about invasive species to land mangers actively managing invasive species.


The Coastal Invasive Species Committee is a non-profit organization dedicated to invasive species prevention, education and coordinated management on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast; and are one of 17 Regional Weed Committees in BC. They work to protect communities, resources and ecosystems from the negative impacts of invasive alien species.                                                  Photo of Ernie Sellentin in the thick of it - with Himalayan Blackberries


The presentation will take place at the Texada Community Hall, on Friday June 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  To learn more about the Coastal ISC, sign up to recieve our bi-monthly E-Newsletter.




JOIN US for our Spring Forum, Field Tour & AGM!

The Coastal ISC invites you to attend Connecting with Current and Cultural Knowledge

Join us for an opportunity to come together in celebration of our diverse partners working together to "reduce the negative impact of invasive species on coastal communities". We are delighted to have a Special Guest, The Lieutenant Governor of BC Judith Guichon give an opening speech!

Connect with others and hear speakers share the latest info about the European Fire Ant, the Spartina Invasion, Restoration Ecology, Mapping from Space, Cowichan Valley Invasive Plant Policy and  more. A brief AGM will have Directors nominated and appointed during lunch (provided). 

The afternoon will feature our much anticipated hands-on Field Tours, where we will visit local sites and learn about Cultural and Medicinal Food Plants, Restoration and Knotweed ID.  New this year is an informal 'beat the traffic' evening social at the Craig Street Brew Pub to continue networking and discussions.

Read the complete Agenda here

REGISTER ONLINE here. Registration and Membership deadline is June 3rd!

To select Directors, you must be a registered member by June3rd.  Find the online Membership Form here. If you interested in running for 2014-17 Board of Directors, Nominations are being sought for Coastal ISC Directors at the AGM. More information on Board of Directors Seat Status here.


Date: June 12, 2014

Time: 10am - 4pm

Location: Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Center, Duncan BC

Cost: Register by June 3 for $55 - includes lunch!

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George Hill Broom Bash


Everyone is welcome including families and children to come on out and join in the broom bash at George Hill Park on Pender Island Saturday, May 10, 9am to noon. The goal is to remove invasive broom and to restore the native habitat of this park. You may be treated to spring flowers of the Garry Oak ecosystem such as fawn lilies, chocolate lilies, nodding onions, and camas are in bloom at this time of year!

Lunch and live music for volunteers will be provided between noon and 2pm. Meeting place is at the trail head at the top end of the Upper Terrace Road. (Parking is limited in Port Washington area so carpooling is recommended). Please bring gloves, hat, water (those who are available to cut down the broom need to bring loppers or small saw). Organized by Jackie Gill and Diane Swindell, on behalf of Pender Island Field Naturalists.

This event is sponsored by the Pender Island Field Naturalists, and supported by PIPRC, CRD and PICA. Please register in advance by phoning Jackie Gill at 250-629-0047 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (to estimate numbers for lunch, etc). 


The River Never Sleeps Festival

Join us at The River Never Sleeps Festival - a celebration of salmon and their ecosystems hosted by the Fanny Bay and Nile Creek Enhancement Society's.  Coastal ISC will be at the festival with live invasive plants, our educational display and an array of resources for the whole family.  We look forward to the annual event which will take place on May 4 this year at the Rosewall Creek Hatchery (directions below).

Save the Date! Upcoming Spring Forum

The Coastal ISC invistes you to our upcoming Spring Forum, Field Trip & AGM titled Invasive Species: Current & Cultural Knowledge, taking place on June 12 at the Quw'utsun Conference Center in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.

Join us in celebrating partnerships while catching up on the latest news and tips from experts! Stay tuned for details including a list of speakers and our popular field tour topics. We can't think of a better way to participate in Invasive Species Week (June 9-15th) and hope to see you there.

Field Tour

Photo: Ernie Sellentin, Project Manager at Coastal ISC showing the size of a Giant Knotweed leaf during one of the 2013 Field Tours.

Invasive Marine Grass Workshop - Denman Island

Do not mow 074Thursday January 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Conservancy Room, Old School, Denman Island

Issues concerning incursion and takeover by Spartina densifloraof Denman’s shallow foreshore areas will be discussed by participants including the BC Provincial Spartina Working Group, the local Denman Spartina removal contractor and the Association for Denman Islnd Marine stewards (ADIMS).

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The Call for Multi-year Funding, Heard by the Select Standing Committee on Finance

Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services

The provincial committee has released their report resulting from open houses, input and e-dialogue over the last few months. The Coastal ISC, ISCBC and other regional committees across BC passed the baton, speaking on key invasive species related topics, as the Standing Committee made their way across the province. 

The need for multi-year funding to enable more effective responses to invasive species was clearly heard. See pages 41 and 42 to see the discussions on invasive species and the specific recommendation on invasive species Report on the Budget 2014 Consultations

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