October 2018 e-Bulletin

We are delighted to launch registration for INVASIVES 2019 - our "not to be missed" annual Forum and AGM. Check out the keynote speaker, this year's agenda and save money as an early bird. Join ISCBC to save even more! If you work in land use or real estate, don't miss our free invasive species training - in person or online - register today! Check out updates from the Indigenous Invasive Species Network and on the response to Japanese beetle in Vancouver - and more.
Invasive Species Education for Real Estate and Land Use Professionals
Working in partnership with the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) with financial support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC), ISCBC has developed a free in-person invasive species workshop and e-learning resource for a variety of land use disciplines including land managers, professional landscape architects, land developers and real estate professionals.  Participants will expand their knowledge and understanding of invasive species and their impacts and be able to provide useful information and educated advice.

Workshops Take Place in Burnaby on October 30 and in Williams Lake on November 16
The free half-day  in-person workshop on Invasive Species for Land Use and Real Estate Professionals   takes place in Burnaby on Oct 30 and in Williams Lake on Nov 16 . This free workshop lasts just four hours, from 9 am - 1 pm and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required .
Photo credit: CABI
Can't Make the Workshop? Take the e-Learning!
We understand you're busy and you may not live near Vancouver or Williams Lake! If you can't make the workshop, take the online learning instead. This course only takes 30 minutes and a Certificate of Completion is available.
INVASIVES 2019 Forum Registration is Now Open!
This year's keynote speaker is Andrew Cox who joins us from the Invasive Species Council of Australia. Andrew has more than 25 years experience serving the natural environment and leading environmental organisations. He has led community-based campaigns to protect threatened bush land areas, worked for the National Parks Association of New South Wales (NSW) as its executive officer, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Trust for Nature and is a respected participant in Australia’s conservation sector.

Be sure to check out the agenda as there are some changes over previous years including the timing of the Local Government Meeting. Read more and register today for INVASIVES 2019 - ISCBC's Annual Forum and AGM.
Join ISCBC and Save up to $50 on Forum Registration
Did you know that ISCBC's membership structure was revamped in February. One or five year membership options are now available. Individual membership costs just $40 and by joining you can save $50 on early bird Forum registration rates and enjoy additional benefits!
Showcase your Invasive Species Work at INVASIVES 2019!
Are you working on a project involving invasive species or conducting research on invasives? Submit your poster abstract for the chance to showcase your work at INVASIVES 2019. Posters are on display throughout the Forum and presenters stand by their posters for discussion during the reception on the evening of February 5th. Read more and submit your abstract by December 15.
Indigenous Partnership Updates
ISCBC has been working with several Indigenous partner communities to build community capacity to manage invasive species on Indigenous land as part of a Rural Development Fund project. We are reaching the final stages and completing treatments of priority invasive species sites in each community.

The Indigenous Invasive Species Network (IISN) held its fall conference call on September 27, 2018. Some great ideas were discussed including potential speakers and topics for our annual Indigenous workshop, held on February 4, 2019 in Richmond, BC. The next conference call will be held on November 22, 2018. If you would like to join the IISN and be involved in future conference calls complete this form .
IVMA of BC Forum - Nov 6 - 8, 2018
Register today for the IVMA of BC 2018 Forum taking place at the River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond, BC, November 6 - 8, 2018. Top speakers from industry, academia and government make this the IVM event of the year! Earn Continuing Education Credits towards recertification! Attendees can also join the bonus 2-hour pre-Forum Workshop: Principals of Pest Management Plan Preparation on Tuesday morning, November 6 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Japanese Beetle Updates - Vancouver Temporary Transfer Station Closed, 2018 Treatment Complete
If you live in the Vancouver area, please note the following changes to the Japanese beetle regulated area movement controls effective October 15:

  • The temporary transfer station (located at 301 West 1st Avenue) is now closed
  • The movement of above-ground plant parts / green yard waste out of the regulated area is no longer restricted from Oct 15 until June 15, the start of the flight period of the adult beetles 
  • The movement of rooted plants and soil out of the regulated area is still restricted year round.

The 2018 treatment program is complete. Ongoing treatment efforts will continue next spring. Japanese beetle traps will be collected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) by the end of October.

For information about the regulated area for Japanese beetle and current movement restrictions in place in Vancouver, or to get a movement certificate to move regulated materials out of the regulated area, please visit the CFIA’s website
Guidelines for Sending Photos of Japanese Beetles to CFIA
The CFIA asks the public to follow these guidelines when submitting photos of suspect Japanese beetle:

  1. Take a clear, high-resolution and close-up photo of the suspected Japanese beetle under good light.  
  2. Note the address/area details of where the suspected Japanese beetle photo was taken.
  3. Submit high-quality photo(s) of the suspected Japanese beetle (with the location) to: BCPF.Japanese.Beetle@inspection.gc.ca

Please note: the CFIA asks the public not to collect OR move suspect Japanese beetles.