Coastal Invasive Species Committee


Latest Updates

Coastal ISC - July 2017 E-Newsletter now published

The Coastal ISC - July 2017 E-Newsletter now published!!.   See the latest activities and updates on the Coastal ISC knotweed and hogweed control teams in full swing now. Here is the link to the newsletter  Coastal ISC - July 2017 e-Newsletter

Registration OPEN 2017 Coastal ISC Field Tour, AGM and Forum


Coastal Invasive Species Committee 2017 Field Tour, AGM and Forum
Where: Qualicum Beach Civic Centre (East Hall), BC
When: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 9:00 a.m. (doors open), 9:30 start to 3:30 p.m.
What: Coastal ISC Field Tour, AGM, and Forum
Join us for a day of learning, engagement, and celebration of Coastal ISC's achievements.
Coffee and sponsorship is Supplied by TimberWest
Facilities sponsored by Town Of Qualicum Beach
Register before May 25th and save $10! Registration closes June 8.
Space is limited! Don't miss out and register today!
Download Draft Agenda  2017 Spring Agenda

Coastal ISC Spring Enewsletter

Find out about Coastal ISC latest news and updates for the 2017 Spring season here

Don Hare joins Coastal ISC as the new Executive Director


Don Hare joins Coastal ISC as the new Executive Director

Don PhotoThe Coastal ISC Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Don Hare is the new Executive Director.  Don brings over 17 years of hands-on operational and strategic invasive plant management experience to our team, having managed invasive species for Canada as the subject matter expert for Dow AgroSciences, and most recently in his role as the program coordinator for Alberta Invasive Species Council.  Don is passionate about invasive species management and looks forward to protecting our region from the impacts of invasive species.  He looks forward to meeting you at our many events this year.

At this time the Coastal ISC Board would like to thank Rachelle McElroy, outgoing Executive Director,  for the passion and creativity that she contributed over the last five and a half years.  Since Rachelle started in the fall of 2011, she has led the transition and re-branding of the society from a plant to a species committee, launched innovative community action projects (e.g. 'Knot on My Property") and diversified the Society's funding sources for financial sustainability.  Since Rachelle's first day in 2011, the Coastal ISC and its partners have grown dramatically, from working with one regional district to now, all nine are participating, in addition to all levels of government, First Nations, community groups, utilities, farmers, private forestry companies and concerned citizens.


The Coastal ISC Board continues to celebrate its role as generating more awareness and facilitating efficient and cooperative invasive species management in the region under its new leadership. 

More updates from the Coastal ISC in the Spring Enewsletter

Don can be reached at by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 250-871-5117

Ucluelet - Invasive Species Session: May 6th 1-3pm

Join us in Ucluelet to celebrate - BC Invasive Species Action Month - Saturday, May 6th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Ucluelet Community Centre. See the poster below for more information.

Ucluelet Community Event

May 13th - Invasive Plant Work Party - Powell River



May is invasive species ACTION month! Join-in

with like-minded individuals and together defend

our parks from invasive English Ivy.

Please pre-register, wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves.

Tools, training and a snack provided!



 Saturday, May 13th, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.



Palm Beach Regional Park

Palm Beach Road, Powell River



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Call toll Free: 1-844-298-2532



Powell River Regional District 

In partnership with the Coastal Invasive Species Committee







Visit Us: Wild Food Fest, April 23, Nanaimo

Coastal ISC staff are excited to participate in the Wild Food Festival! Join us April 23rd, 11-3 at Bowen Park, Nanaimo.

Visit the Coastal Invasive Species Committee Society booth and learn to be Plant Wise this growing season! Be part of the solution! 
Find out about FREE subsidies available through the "Knot on My Property" program to treat Knotweed and Giant Hogweed. 
Learn to identify plants that can burn, poison or even grow through concrete.  Live samples provided! Coastal ISC staff are there to answer your invasive plant questions. Look forward to seeing you there!

2017 WildFood Fest Nanaimo

Coastal ISC WINTER E-Newsletter

Banner Winter news

This issue features an invitation to land managers to provide input into updating the Coastal ISC 2010 Invasive Plant Management Strategy. Content on Provincial initiatives in the region to combat invasive species, homework for winter reading, events not to miss and more! Read the full newsletter

To receive our E-Newsletter, become a member, or contact us if you would like to be featured in our next E-Newsletter!  

Bullfrogs Webinar: Nov 23 (noon -1) offered by ISCBC

bullfrog"The Complexities of Invasive Species Management: Case Study of Bullfrog Populations in BC” 

by Purnima Govindarajulu

This talk will explore the impacts of bullfrogs on native frogs on Vancouver Island, cost-effectiveness from pilot bullfrog control and eradication projects, and potential long term management strategies.


 Date: Wednesday Nov 23, 2016

Time: 12pm - 1pm PST

Host: Purnima Govindarajulu is the Small Mammal and Herpetofauna Conservation Specialist for the Ministry of Environment in Victoria BC. 

Please read more and to register  at the link below
 - this has been a popular and much requested topic  and we are excited to have Purnima join us. 
It would be great if you could circulate the announcement as well to your networks

Pesticide Applicators Certificate training October 17th-20th, 2016 in Victoria, BC

There is a current need for invasive plant contractors and skilled staff across BC- now is the time to get TRAINED- be ready for WORK in 2017!

Aboriginal Sponsorships Available!

The Invasive Species Council of BC Invites you to attend our Pesticide Applicators Certificate training October 17th-20th, 2016 in Victoria, BC (other dates and BC locations available).

The goal of this 4 day training session is to enable participants to successfully obtain their Industrial Vegetation Management & Noxious Weed Pesticide Applicator Certificate. This specific applicator certificate permits participants to manage weeds on industrial land, roads, power lines, railways and pipeline right-of-ways including control of weeds designated as noxious on private or public land.

Across BC, there has been a shortage of certified contractors and employees- this is your chance to be ready for new opportunities! This session provides an overview of invasive plant management and knowledge in preparation for the Ministry of Environment’s Industrial Vegetation Management & Noxious Weed Pesticide Applicator exam.

For more information about costs and subsidies available and to register, review the Pesticide Applicator Course Invitation from the Invasive Species Council of BC.

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