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The Sea to Sky invasive Species Council (SSISC) is inviting community members to its upcoming AGM and forum the afternoon of April 27th. The forum runs from 1 – 4 pm and will celebrate 2010 as the first full year of operations for the Council. The format will include short updates from in and around the region, starting with a short summary of the extensive work done by the Council last year including: field work (action on the ground), education & awareness and research & coordination. There will also be an update of SSISC plans for 2011 including a pilot invasive-free certification program for the horticulture industry, the first of its kind in BC. For those interested, two hour certification workshops were offered in April and will be offered again in June (see this website for more details).
Other updates during the forum will be from the province and from different government and non-government stakeholders in the corridor, from Squamish to Pemberton including: Squamish Nation (Randall Lewis), the District of Squamish (Bob Smith), the Squamish River Watershed Society (Edith Tobe), the Whistler Biodiversity Project (Bob Brett), the Resort Municipality of Whistler (Paul Beswetherick), the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (Allison Macdonald) and Stewardship Pemberton (Allen McEwan).
Invasive committees from neighbouring regions that work closely with the SSISC will also be on hand to give short updates on what else is happening on the invasive front around the south coast. They include the Fraser Valley, Greater Vancouver and the new Lillooet Region Invasive Species Society.
A special presentation about controlling one of highest priority species in the Corridor (and the world) - Japanese knotweed – will be given by Jeff Hallworth with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Jeff will also talk about the new Pest Management Plan (PMP) that is close to being finalized on the south coast and updates to the provincial weed control act, which is legislation around controlling invasive plants.
The board is looking for Directors and Advisors, and they’re asking anyone who is interested in being involved with the council to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 12:30 pm on the same day. Both events are being held at the Spruce Grove Field House, 7368 Kirkpatrick Way (map) in Whistler and admission is free. Last year the AGM was held in Squamish and will move to different communities in future years.