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The Province of BC is flexing their muscles against mussels

Protecting our waters just got a little easier! The Province of BC just announced that eight permanent mussel-inspection stations will be located along the BC-Alberta border and the border with the United States in 2016. Take that zebra and quagga mussels! CKISS will continue to educate water enthusiasts about what actions they can take to prevent …  

Yip Yeah we were invasive mussel FREE in 2015! Learn how to keep it that way in 2016.

The results are in and 2015 was a win for the Columbia Basin Aquatic Invasive Species Team, residents, tax payers, business owners and utility companies. Monitoring for the invasive zebra and quagga mussels was conducted in 28 high priority water bodies around the Canadian Columbia Basin, and the good news is, no invasive mussels were …  

What will you do for Invasive Species Action Month?

It’s official! The province of BC has proclaimed and declared that the month of May 2016 shall be known as “ Invasive Species Action Month”. Are you a boater? Gardener? Own an aquarium? Love to mountain bike, hike or jump on an ATV? There are a number of simple actions YOU can take this May in order to stop …  

ISCBC Employment Opportunities: Seeking 3 Invasive Species Supervisors

If you are interested in making a difference in your community, have field experience and are good working with people, then this is the job for you! The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is a registered charity whose members are involved in all aspects of invasive species management across BC. The ISCBC is working …  

Beautiful in your garden but beware! Exotic ornamental plants have the ability to ‘jump the garden fence’ causing economic and environmental harm.

The days are getting longer, and signs of spring are starting to appear in the Kootenays, before long it will have changed from ski season to gardening season.  The horticulture industry has been recognized as a key pathway for invasive species introduction and spread.  Introduced invasive garden ornamentals have unique characteristics that allow them to …  

CKISS is Hiring: Operations Program Coordinator

Are you curious as to the issue and impacts of invasive species in the Central Kootenay region? Do you want to minimize the impacts of invasive species on the ecosystems, communities, and economy of the Central Kootenay region? Do you have extensive knowledge of integrated pest management, with proven experience in on-the-ground activities? Do you …  

Dogs & Drones: New weapons against invasive species!

The 11th annual forum, INVASIVES 2016 was held last week in Richmond BC.  The event attracted scientists, government organizations, First Nations representatives, community organizations and regional invasive species committees like us here at CKISS.  We gathered to discuss innovative ways to protect British Columbia’s environment and economy against harmful invasive species. According to a recent article …  

Exciting Job Oppurtunity – Program Coordinator

SOUTHERN INTERIOR WEED MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE JOB POSTING Program Coordinator Kamloops, BC TBD on a contract basis February 12, 2016 The Southern Interior Weed Management Committee (SIWMC) is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteer members representing private & public agencies, clubs and organizations in the Thompson-Nicola Region of British Columbia. Members are dedicated to increasing awareness …  

A New Mobile App makes it easier then ever for Gardeners to become PlantWise!

Gardening has been identified as one of the main human pathways that cause the spread and introduction of invasive species. It may be beautiful in your garden but these plants have unique characteristics that allow them to outcompete native vegetation causing economic and environmental harm. Luckily we here at CKISS are ambassadors for the PlantWise …