Coastal Invasive Species Committee


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JOIN US June 13th for our 8th Annual AGM, Forum and Field Tour!

We have extended registration until Monday June 10th!

Join us on June 13th, 2013 at Beban Park in Nanaimo. The theme of this years forum is Partnerships: The Effectiveness Quotient. 

Filled with presentations from experts, regional dialogues, networking, effective invasive species management techniques and our much anticipated hands-on Field Tours.  Come and explore how we can work together to reduce the negative impacts of invasive alien species on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast.  Read the complete AGENDA here 

Click here for the Online REGISTRATION FORM.

See you there!

Good News from BC Government

B.C. grants $1.7 million to fight invasive plants

VICTORIA – The provincial government is providing $1.7 million in new grants to control the spread of invasive plants, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  Read the full story here

Public Input sought

    The amendments to the Controlled Alien Species regulation, under the BC Wildlife Act, are available for public comment. These amendments include a list of aquatic invasive species that are being proposed for addition to the regulations.
The following link is for the news release and has links to the the public consultation page, with the policy intention paper attached. NEWS RELEASE LINK


Invasive Knotweed Regional Reporting System Launched!

Lookout for Invasive Knotweed! New Regional Reporting System Launched in the CRD

Date: August 30, 2012                                                                                                                                                                   For Immediate Release

Victoria, BC…The Capital Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), which includes the local governments, announced today the call for residents in the CRD to be on the alert for invasive knotweed and report any sightings through a regional reporting system.  For more information and to report knotweed in this region, please visit and click the ‘Report-A-Weed' button or call 250-857-2472(CIPC).

Japanese knotweed 2012_1Local Governments and Land Managers in the CRD have teamed up to deal with invasive knotweed: one of the world’s worst invaders which has started to invade the CRD.  “In neighbouring regions it is already too late to eradicate” warns Becky Brown, Invasive Plant Specialist, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operation “these plants are capable of growing through 4 feet of concrete and can reproduce from a fragment no larger than the size of your small finger nail”.  

Three species of Knotweed, sometimes called ornamental bamboo (due to the stalks), have now been found in this region. In other areas of BC and the world, the effects of widespread Knotweed have been very costly.  Becky Brown notes that “the United Kingdom has declared it ‘controlled waste’ and some financial institutions will not grant mortgages on contaminated lands.  It is only a matter of time in British Columbia.”

Knotweed species are extremely expensive and difficult to control once they have spread.  Becky Brown notes that in neighbouring regions knotweed is “starting to dominate watercourses, prevent access to valuable recreation areas, alter fish habitat, damage infrastructure and contaminate vacant lots.” On a positive note for our region: “populations are still small in the CRD and land managers in the Capital Region have an incredible and limited opportunity to eradicate it.”

Success in the CRD depends on public assistance.  CRD residents are asked to call (above) for treatment and disposal assistance.  Treatment of this species is very difficult, so a regional response has been set up. Hartland Landfill is now only taking Knotweed as a controlled waste with permit, but CRISP is providing a regional disposal program for 2012. 


For further information: Coastal Invasive Plant Committee/ Capital Region Invasive Species Partnership 250-857-2472 (CIPC)

Media questions contact: Rachelle McElroy, Coordinator Coastal Invasive Plant Committee Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 250-857-2472

Sunshine Coast Invasive Plant Community Information Meeting

CIPC in the Sunshine Coast - Invasive Plants Community Information Meeting
Join us August 1 at Chaster House, 1549 Ocean Beach Esplanade, Elphinstone, from 1 to 3:00 p.m for presentations by staff from the Coastal Invasive Plant Council and the Ministry of Transportation on what we can do about knotweeds, hogweed and scotch broom on the Sunshine Coast.

The presentations will be followed by a parks site tour from 3 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Teresa Fortin at 604 885-6804 ext 5.

GET THE STORY - Tansy Ragwort on Shaw TV

Watch CIPC's new Coordinator, Rachelle McElroy speaking about Tansy Ragwort in a recent interview with Shaw TV. Learn about the toxic properties of this weed and what to do if you find it in your backyard, ditch or pasture. Click Here

Want to learn more, read the Tansy Ragwort Fact Sheet or find out about a Tansy Ragwort invasive species pull on Texada Island this summer in the CIPC September Newsletter.



Volunteer! Help restore the sand dunes in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Ucluelet/Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC.

The expansive and pristine beaches of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Nestled in behind many of the beaches, complex and dynamic sand dune ecosystems are found, providing a home to numerous species of animals and plants, many of which are rare or endangered.

Read more: Volunteer! Help restore the sand dunes in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Alien Plant Invaders: Broom is Bad, and Gorse is Worse! (Salt Spring Island Conservancy)

A series of articles on how to identify and manage some common invasive species on Salt Spring Island written by Jean Wilkinson, Stewardship Committee, Salt Spring Island Conservancy.

Spring is slowly arriving, with its longer days, new growth and warm sunshine, but unfortunately it also brings the bright yellow blooms of gorse, and later broom.  For people interested in the health of local ecosystems, for those concerned about fire hazards, and for folks with allergies, this heralds a major headache!

Read more: Alien Plant Invaders: Broom is Bad, and Gorse is Worse! (Salt Spring Island Conservancy)

Giant Hogweed Look-alikes

Giant Hogweed Look-alikes

Photos and identification info for Giant Hogweed and commonly mistaken look-alike species.

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