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Salmo Streamkeepers Mud Wrestles Yellow Flag Iris at Erie Lake

The Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee would like to thank the Salmo Streamkeepers for spending 2 afternoon/evenings controlling yellow flag iris at Erie Lake this summer. The group spent 90 person hours controlling this notorious plant and pulled out over 3 pickup truck loads. This group of amazing volunteers has been spending many years controlling …  

Giant hogweed and fire ants spotted in Comox Valley

July 22, 2013, HQ Comox Valley.com, by Jonathan Szekeres The Invasive Species Council of B.C. says fire ants and Giant Hogweed have been spotted around the Comox Valley. Executive Director Gail Wallin says while fire ants can leave extremely painful bites, giant hogweed is just as bad, as it’s sap causes severe skin burns when …  

Using invasive trees to make jet fuel

July 21, 2013, Central Valley Business Times U.S. Navy fighter jets may soon fly on tree-fuel. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are exploring ways to convert invasive trees such as junipers and pinyon pine trees that are common in the West, into aviation fuel. It’s to be tested by the Navy. Seen as …  

Bullfrogs threaten B.C. ecosystems

Source: Canadian Geographic (April 2013 Issue) While their kin are declining worldwide, Canada’s largest amphibian, the bullfrog, is multiplying out of control in British Columbia — with some human help. Like the coin in a giant slot machine, a blood-red sun inserts itself into a cleft between two hills overlooking the Highlands rural residential area …  

Invasive Species Week 2013 a Huge Success!!

The CKIPC 2013 Invasive Species Week was a huge success. From having over 200 volunteers controlling invasive species throughout the Nelson region to a delicious feature invasive species menu at Rel-ish Bistro, the week went by in a blur. Highlights from the week include: 180 Grade 7 students from Traflagar controlled invasive common tansy along …