The Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia (the ‘Strategy’) completed in May 2012, is a strategic framework for improved invasive species management in British Columbia. It offers a foundation for invasive species work across BC and is the basis for our programs and efforts. As the 5-year implementation period drew to a close at the end of 2016, there is a need to both measure the success of the last five-year period and seek input from stakeholders across the province for revising the Strategy for 2018-2022. To do so we need your input. If you have been involved in invasive species management during 2012-2016 please fill out our survey to measure the success of the Strategy. There are also two ways to contribute your input on the revision of the Strategy for 2018-2022.
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1. Provincial Survey to Measure the Success of the Strategy
If your organization has been involved in invasive species initiatives between 2012-2016, please fill out the Provincial Survey to measure the success of the Strategy. Your input is crucial and will allow us to measure the success of our work towards achieving our targets from the 2012-2016 Invasive Species Strategy of BC! Note: We ask only one representative from each organization to report on the survey. Deadline: Please complete the survey by 12 pm on March 3, 2017.
The ISCBC welcomes all input and feedback on the Strategy. Simply click through to our website to comment on all sections of the Strategy. You can also review the input provided to date and let us know which points you support. Deadline: The deadline to submit your input on the Strategy via the website is 12 pm on Friday, March 17th.
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European Green Crabs on our Coastline
Did you know that the European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) is considered one of the world's 100 worst invasive species and that Green Crabs have been spotted near to BC's coastline? This is just one of the marine invasives that Jeff Adams, a Marine Ecologist with Washington Sea Grant, is on the watch for! Our popular Wednesday lunch time webinar series returns January 25th at 12pm PST with Jeff Adams presenting on European Green Crabs and Washington's response to their presence in inland marine waters. Click hereto register for Jeff Adam's European Green Crab webinar. If you can't make the live webinar clickhere to browse archived webinars to watch at your leisure.
Stephanie Hester presenting on Montana Mussel Response at INVASIVES 2017
In November 2016, Montana had its first positive detection of invasive mussels at Tiber Reservoir in the Missouri River watershed on the east side of the Continental Divide. The State of Montana has made its response a priority at the highest levels. Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order November 30, 2016, declaring a statewide natural resource emergency for Montana water bodies due to the detection of invasive aquatic mussel larvae. Montana's Mussel Response Team was formed to rapidly assess the extent and severity of the mussel incident impacting Montana's waterways. Hear the very latest on Montana's response to invasive mussels from Stephanie Hester of the Montana Mussel Response Team, at INVASIVES 2017. Read more about INVASIVES 2017's agenda and speakers here.