Workshops being hosted as part of Invasive Species Action month

May has been declared Invasive Species Action month. The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society is planning four free workshops on invasive plant identification and management throughout the region, including Revelstoke.

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CSISS presenting at the Salmon Arm Plant ID workshop in May 2016. Photo courtesy CSISS.

British Columbian’s are being asked to take an active role in stopping the spread of harmful invasive plant species. The BC government has declared the entire month of May as Invasive Species Action month.

As part of this, the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) is hosting four free spring invasive plant identification and management workshops throughout the region.

Workshops will take place in Revelstoke on Wednesday May 10 at the Revelstoke Community Centre. The first workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the second workshop will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Invasive species threaten BC’s environment, economy and society, including human health. Stopping invasive species is possible by taking action to prevent, detect and manage invasive species.

“The invasive plant workshops are important training opportunities for landscapers, biologists, regional, municipal, parks, and trail staff to learn how to identify and manage high priority species,” Robyn Hooper, Executive Director of CSISS said in a media statement. “We are excited to have more people helping us report and manage invasive species in the Columbia Shuswap!”

The workshops are part of annual spring training through the CSISS, and are offered in partnership with the CSRD and local municipalities. CSISS staff are also attending many community events with information booths, and offering presentations to community groups, youth groups and stewardship/recreation groups throughout the summer.

All across BC, Invasive Species Action Month is being celebrated and promoted. The public is encouraged to post to social media using the hashtag #bcinvasives and a website has been set up at www.bcinvasivesmonth.com.

For more information about the Revelstoke workshop or to register email info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org.

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