Lovely but invasive, the yellow flag iris is classified as a noxious weed that out-competes native plants that can provide better access to the shore, provide better habitat and produce valuable nesting materials. (Photo contributed)

Learn to identify invasive plants in your backyard

A series of workshops in May will teach the identification and management of invasive plants

Invasive plants are more common than one might think, and the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society wants to help people identify and eliminate them.

CSISS is hosting a series of workshops to teach how to pick out invasive species from the rest of the plant life in the area. The workshop will also provide instruction on best management practices which can be used to stop the spread of invasive plants. The society says information provided at the workshops will be of interest to First Nations and municipal and regional governments, as well industry and forestry employees and members of trail and park stewardship groups.

Read More: Invasive mussels being held at bay in the Shuswap

Read More: Invasive iris gets the chop from McGuire Lake

Workshops will be held in Revelstoke, Golden, Sicamous and Salmon Arm. At each location, CSISS will host beginner and advanced workshops. The beginner workshops are aimed at those who are new to plant identification, and the advanced class is for those with some previous knowledge looking to refine their skills in the field. Those who attend the beginner workshops are welcome to continue on to the advanced workshops immediately afterwards.

CSISS is asking those who attend to make a recommended donation of $20 by industry members and $5 by members of the public.

“By donating to CSISS, you are contributing to our ongoing education and outreach programs, such as training workshops, that prevent the spread of invasive species into the beautiful Columbia Shuswap region,” a the society in a news release.

Read More: No zebra or quagga mussels found in Columbia Shuswap

Read More: Fight invasive species with the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society

The workshops wil be held in Revelstoke May 21 in the MacPherson Room of the Revelstoke Community Centre, in Golden May 22 at the Golden Arena Lounge, in Sicamous May 23 in the council chamber at municipal hall and in Salmon Arm May 29 in the boardroom of the CSRD building at 555 Harbour Front Drive.

The beginner’s workshop in each of the communities will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the advanced workshop will run 11 a.m. to noon.


@SalmonArm
jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Category 3 fires to be prohibited in Southeast Fire District

The prohibition will take effect at noon on Wednesday, June 12

Editorial: We’re already ambassadors to our community

There are many ways to spend your extra time in Golden. Have… Continue reading

Data shows nine years of Tourism Golden growth

Tourism Golden has seen its ninth consecutive year of substantial growth in… Continue reading

Protecting small mammals after logging near Golden

A team of biologists are keeping an eye on small mammals in… Continue reading

Business profile: IGA celebrates 50 years of business in Golden

IGA has been providing the Town of Golden with their groceries for… Continue reading

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Police investigating fatal collision near Grave Lake

Grave Lake is located approximately halfway between Sparwood and Elkford

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

UPDATE: Two-year-old involved in Chilliwack pool drowning has died

Toddler was reported to not be breathing as air ambulance called out Thursday afternoon

Most Read