Please mark your calendars and join us for the following upcoming events:
The Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council (SSISC) has organized invasive field tours and weed pulls in Squamish and Pemberton in early July. These free events are open to the public and will be a chance for participants to identify some of the highest priority species in their local areas, see the impacts they are having, and take action.
In Squamish the tour will be on Thursday, July 7th, from 5:15 – 6:30 pm and meet at the empty lot diagonal from the Brew Pub in downtown Squamish. The tour will make 3 - 4 stops in a caravan-style tour. Passenger vans maybe available, but just in case participants are asked to provide their own transportation (carpooling is encouraged). Some priority species on the tour include Japanese knotweed, Scotch broom, yellow flag iris and giant hogweed. The tour will end at the Brew Pub at 6:30 pm and those interested can meet for an informal pint (everyone would be on their own to pay).
A Squamish weed pull is taking place on Sunday, July 10th, in partnership with the Squamish River Watershed Society. The pull will be removing invasive Himalayan blackberry plants emerging along the shoulders of the Squamish Training Dike (Windsurfing Spit). Volunteers will meet at 10:00 am at the Fisherman’s entrance to the Squamish training dike by the Railroad Museum, and the pull will go until noon. Please bring work gloves and shovels if possible. For more information contact Edith Tobe: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-898-9171.
- In Pemberton both tour and pull are on Saturday July 9th. The event will start with a knapweed pull along the Arn canal by Hwy 99. Meet at 3:00 pm at the dead end road off Cottonwood Court across from the Mount Currie Coffee Company and bring gloves if possible. The field tour will start at 4:00 pm (same meeting spot) in a caravan-style tour. Passenger vans may be available, but just incase participants are asked to provide their own transportation (again, carpooling is encouraged). Some priority species on the tour include knapweed, hoary alyssum and toadflax. The tour will end at the Pemberton Industrial park at 5:00 pm and those interested can meet at the Pemberton Distillery for an informal drink (again, everyone would be on their own to pay).
RSVP appreciated for all events, please contact Kristina at 604-935-7665 or via email. Feel free to share this e-mail with anyone you think may be interested in taking part.
Additionally, the SSISC would like to thank Arthur DeJong and the Whistler Blackcomb Habitat Improvement Team (HIT) for kicking off their program on June 21st with a burdock and yellow flag iris pull on Whistler Creek and in the Nita Lake area. What a difference a dedicated group can make in a couple hours!