Coastal Invasive Species Committee offers a variety of services covering outreach, coordination, treatment, and management of invasive species across Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the Sunshine Coast. We work collaboratively with other organizations, government agencies, and land managers. Species are treated based on our prioritization found here.
- School programs for grades K-12
- Community group programs for groups such as Guides and Scouts
- Booths at community events
- Webinars and presentations to community groups such as gardening groups and naturalist groups
- Invasive species management plan recommendations
- Assitance in hosting community weed pulls
We can cover topics that include impacts of invasive species, how to prevent the spread of invasive species, how to be Plantwise, and identification and treatment of Invasive species.
Coastal ISC provides on-the-ground, full-service management of invasive plant species. Invasive Species are treated according to our Priority Invasive Species List. Currently, we are focusing on Giant Hogweed, knotweed species, and Poison Hemlock due to their significant impacts.
Coastal ISC currently works with the following regional districts and municipalities to control Giant Hogweed and Knotweeds on public and private land. This involves the coordination, treatment, and monitoring of sites. If you are a resident of one of these locations, you are eligible for free control of Giant Hogweed and Knotweeds on your property. Please fill out this release of liability form to be added to our treatment list. We will be in touch to confirm a treatment date and time.
- City of Campbell River
- Comox Valley Regional District
- Town of Comox
- Village of Cumberland
- City of Courtenay
- Nanaimo Regional District
- Town of Parksville
- Town of Qualicum Beach
Other locations can be treated on a fee-for-service basis based on our capacity.
Coordination and Management
Currently, Coastal ISC helps to coordinate invasive species management across Vancouver island, the Gulf Islands, and the Sunshine Coast. We work in collaboration with many organizations including First Nations, the Ministry of Forestry and the Ministry of Transportation with the provincial government, regional and municipal governments across the region, community groups, and land owners.
Specific activities include:
- Annual land manager meetings
- Annual General Meeting
- Priority Invasive Species List (available here)
- Coordinating public reports of invasive species
- Recommendations to land managers
- Training and Workshops