Invasive species matter. Invasive species threaten BC’s environment, economy and society, including human health. However, they can be stopped if we take action now to prevent, detect and manage invasive species.
The BC government has, in recognition of the importance of fighting these plant and animal invaders, officially proclaimed June 9 – 15 as Invasive Species Week.
For its part, the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) is taking part with a variety of events across the region.
“Invasive Species Week is about increasing awareness of the harmful effects of invasive species, preventing their spread, and highlighting our exceptional native biodiversity,” CSISS Education and Outreach Officer Robyn Hooper said in a statement issued on Thursday, June 5.
“Some of the priority invasive species in our region include: Yellow Flag Iris, Himalayan Orchid/Policeman’s Helmet; and various Knotweed Species.”
What can you do for Invasive Species Week?
Learn more about what’s invasive in your backyard and how to stop their spread on:
- The CSISS website at www.columbiashuswapinvasives.org; or
- Attend an event (see the list below);
- Visit the provincial invasives species week website at http://invasivespeciesweek.com;
- Organize a community weed pull in your area, with support from CSISS; and
- For more information or to book a presentation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Invasive Species Week Events:
Sunday June 8
Invader Ranger Education Station, iLearn Street
1pm-5pm, North Fairground (351 – 3rd St. SW, Salmon Arm BC)
Monday, June 9
Yellow Flag Iris Weed Pull
5:30 pm -8:00 pm, Little White Lake
Friday, June 13
Field Day with Arrow Heights Elementary
8:30 am -3:30 pm, Revelstoke
Saturday, June 14
Grow Me Instead Workshop, Hanna and Hanna Orchards
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Salmon Arm
Saturday, June 14
Info Booth at Revelstoke Farmers Market
Wednesday, June 18
Info Booth at Golden Farmers Market
12:00 pm -5:00 pm, Golden
Contact for more information please contact Robyn Hooper,
Education and Outreach Worker,
Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society