Coastal Invasive Species Committee


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Job Posting: Parks and Natural Areas Technician

The District of Saanich currently has an opening for a Parks and Natural Areas Technician. 

Parks and Recreation Department
Parks Division
Natural Areas Section

Regular Full Time Position
Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (February - October); Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (November - February)
Bargaining Unit Position
Wage: $30.44/hour

For more information about this posting and how to apply: Click Here

Public Consultation Open: Proposed Changes to the IPMR

The Ministry of Environment intends to amend the Integrated Pest Management Regulation (IPMR) to ensure that most pesticides used in landscaped areas are applied by trained people. Amendments to the regulation will also change the way Domestic class pesticides are sold and update the schedule of excluded pesticides.

For more information and to access the intension paper, visit the Ministry of Environment Website

Comments may be made in the response form or sent to Cindy Bertram of C. Rankin & Associates, who has been contracted to manage consultation comments, at:

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Mail: PO Box 28159 Westshore RPO, Victoria B.C. V9B 6K8

Please contact Cindy Bertram if you are unable to download a copy of the intentions paper from this website or if you have any questions about the paper.

This comment period is open until December 8, 2013.

Canadian Weed Science Society and the Weed Science Society of America: Meeting in Vancouver, Feb. 3-6, 2014

A combined meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society and the Weed Science Society of America is being held in Vancouver, BC, February 3-6, 2014.


See the website for more information:

I invite you to consider submitting a presentation (Titles due Oct. 2nd, Abstract due Jan. 15th). I would also like to draw your attention to the Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 4th) symposium: “Vulnerability of the Pacific Northwest to Plant Invasions” which draws on the expertise of eight speakers to cover invasive weed pathways, impacts and management strategies in the Pacific Northwest.

Invasive Plant Public Information Sessions: Port McNeill and Port Hardy

Join Coastal ISC in celebrating National Forest Week in Port McNeill and Port Hardy.

Sept. 23 7pm-8pm - Gatehouse Theatre, Port McNeill and

Sept. 24th 7pm - 8pm Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre

NIISP poster 2013

NEW Brochure Available!

'Get to Know Invasive Species" Brochure is now available for download on our website. 

The Coastal ISC recently produced this brochure to provide current and useful tips for managing invasive species, an overview on how invasive species are managed and information on how to report invasive species in the Coastal ISC service area.

Opening up to a glossy 11x17 poster with colorful photos of select invasive species.  You can download a pdf directly from our website or you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place larger printed orders, at a low cost of $0.40 each.    

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Media Release: Regional Program Tackles Agressive Knotweed

Comox Valley, BC. A 2013 regional program aimed at eradicating invasive knotweed species from the Comox Valley was announced today. The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), in partnership with the Coastal Invasive Species Committee (Coastal ISC), will offer a reporting system for invasive knotweed species. This pilot program is asking the public to report sightings of knotweed. The program aims to verify all knotweed reports within the CVRD’s electoral areas and to provide professionals to conduct treatment on select sites at no cost to the landowner.

Japanese Knotweed 2013Considered one of the world's worst invaders, this hollow stem shrub (which resembles bamboo), can destroy or degrade fish and wildlife habitat. Knotweed roots can penetrate pavement causing damage to infrastructure such as roads, walls and drainage systems.

In the UK, Japanese knotweed has grown rampant, causing severe financial implications, including mortgages refused on properties with knotweed. Coastal ISC is asking the public to work with officials to eliminate the threat of this species before it becomes widely established.

"Knotweed is a bully in the plant world. Non-native and aggressive plants, such as knotweed, outcompete native flora, and alter fish habitat while costing taxpayers and land managers thousands of dollars to control. By being alert and keeping our eyes open for new invaders, we have a much better chance at preventing their establishment," explains Rachelle McElroy, Executive Director of the Coastal ISC.

Knotweed growing through asphalt

“Knotweed species are extremely expensive and difficult to control once they have spread,” said Edwin Grieve, Comox Valley Regional District board chair. “On a positive note for our region, knotweed populations are still small in the CVRD and we still have an opportunity for effective control.”

A knotweed alert sheet, providing information on identification, proper disposal, and reporting options has been developed and is available on the CVRD website at

Coastal ISC appreciates the cooperation of all residents in addressing knotweed on both private and public land. Local residents can benefit from free treatments by stem injection now until early fall. Knotweed occurrences in the Comox Valley are sporadic and, with the help of the public, eradication may still be possible.

To report infestations call 250-857-2472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on identification of this plant and its damaging impacts; as well as other invasive species that are being managed in your area please visit:


Media contacts:

Rachelle McElroy, Executive Director, Coastal Invasive Species Committee. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Michael Nihls, Manager of Parks, Comox Valley Regional District. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 250-334-6053


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The Coastal ISC along with the Comox Valley Regional District worked together to produce the Toxic Invasive Plants in the Comox Valley brochure. 

This great new brochure explains what invasive plants are AND opens up to a poster that highlights the six most toxic invasive plants found in the Comox Valley, along with large photos, descriptions and control measures. 

Visit the Comox Valley Regional District website for more information on how they are managing invasive plants and for a free brochure download.



What to do if you Find Tsunami Debris?

Debris from tsunami and earthquake that struck Japan in March 2011 has begun to wash ashore along BC's coast. Along with large pieces of debris washing up on the opposite side of the Pacific, there has also been a profusion of marine organisms clinging to some of the large items like docks. Many of which have already been pegged as potentially aggressive invasive species.

Visit the Ministry of Environment website where they have a number of resources, including contact information to report tsunami debris.

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff and volunteers remove marine organisms from a wayward dock, which landed at Agate Beach.


June 18-20 in Duncan: Noxious Weeds and Industrial Vegetation Applicator Training

Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weeds Applicators Training

Do you or your staff need to become certified as a pesticide applicator?

An experienced, certified trainer will explain herbicide application techniques, safety and environmental precautions, equipment calibration and more, ultimately preparing each participant to write the Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weeds pesticide applicator exam. Participants can practice backpack calibration in the field. Participants receive a course binder, other reference materials, and can opt to write the IVNW pesticide applicator exam at the end of the program.

Sessions are currently organized for June 4-6, 2013 in Cranbrook and June 18-20 in Duncan.

Additional sessions may be arranged.

For more information, and to register, please click here.

Do Not Mow Signs

2013 doNotMow 524x800Have you seen this signs?

Do Not Mow Signs are dotting the highway, a program funded by the Ministry of Transportation, to prevent the spread of Knotweed species  and other invasive plants along roadways.  They indicate to mowers travelling up and down the highway to "Do Not Mow" as there is an invasive plant present, in the case of this sign, destructive knotweed is being flagged.  The Coastal ISC contractors then have a chance to treat infestations before it is mowed. 

Kudos to Mainroad , our Vancouver Island mowers for their collaboration with this program.

Read the Knotweed Fact Sheet for more information about this plant, how to report it and control it.

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