October 25, 2012

Informative Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver Forum

I attended the Fall Forum put on by the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver today, and, as usual, the organizers put on a stimulating, educational event. Not to mention the excellent networking with representatives from many lower mainland municipalities, NGOs, etc. It was also great to see several staff from the City of Burnaby, where I volunteer with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers, and put in plenty of volunteer hours on invasive plant species control.

Here are a few skimpy notes from today's presentations:

Presentation on invasive mussels. This was scary as they are spreading like wildfire across North America. They are hugely prolific, and partly because of this they quickly adapt to new environments. Not confirmed in BC yet, but we have few, if any, protections in place, compared to rigorous inspections, regulation, and enforcement in our neighbouring states in the US.

A lot on using stem injection on knotweed -- working very well.

An intriguing presentation on goats. They are being used to combat invasive plants with great success. A herd of 440 goats has been working the BC interior and apparently doing a great job.

Brainstorming on creating a "Regional Invasive Species Strategy for Metro Vancouver." ISCMV has gotten approval and seed funding from Metro Vancouver to start the process of developing such a regional strategy. Exciting, and long-overdue, developments!

Thanks, too, to the friendly and helpful Grouse Mountain staff.

Here are a couple of shots from the Skyride and the balcony:

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What a gorgeous place to hold a meeting, yet within easy access of downtown Vancouver.

Posted by Paul at October 25, 2012 09:46 PM