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OASISS BC Invasive Species Week June 9-14

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OASISS BC Invasive Species Week June 9-14

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

June 8, 2014 



Sunday June 15 from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Osoyoos Desert Sunrise Marina, public boat launch (8215 Spartan Drive). 

Come meet Savanna, our summer student for the South Okanagan.

She will have a booth with information on aquatic invasive species.


 

Events Span Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys During Invasive Species Week

PENTICTON, British Columbia – June 9 – 15 is BC’s third annual Invasive Species Week.  This week-long event provides an opportunity for people all around the province to participate in local events and learn more about how to prevent the spread of invasive species. 

 

Invasive species are plants, animals, aquatic life and micro-organisms that out-compete native species when introduced outside of their natural environment. They can come from across the country or across the globe. These unwelcome invaders create an imbalance in nature by competing for the same resources that native species need to survive. The economic costs associated with invasive species in Canada are measured in the tens of billions of dollars, and those costs are escalating.

 

In the Okanagan and Similkameen region, the impacts of invasive species have become an increasing concern for many organizations. The programs and stewardship actions lead by the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) are on the front lines of preventing the arrival of new species, slowing their spread, and addressing the enormous collateral damage of invasive species.

 

“Protecting our region from the threat of invasive species is a top priority,” states local biologist Lisa Scott, who is also the Coordinator of OASISS. “Our society has focused on invasive plants for nearly two decades, but the scope of our efforts is expanding every year, to now include Zebra and Quagga Mussel, European Fire Ant, American Bullfrog and Eastern Gray Squirrel, just to name a few. We need the public’s engagement to address these biological invaders.”

 

Prevention of harmful new invasions is the first priority, as it is the most cost-effective way to deal with the problem. Once species are established, the task becomes far more complex and costly. The issue of aquatic species and keeping invasive mussels out of BC continues to be hot topic this year and it’s the focus of an Okanagan-wide campaign this summer.

 

During Invasive Species Week, events are being held throughout the Okanagan-Similkameen. Take the time to become more familiar with these unwanted invaders and learn what you can do to make a difference. Go to www.oasiss.ca for a complete list of events. 

 

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About Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) 

www.oasiss.ca

OASISS is non-profit organization that is dedicated to working collaboratively to prevent, monitor and control the spread of invasive species in the Okanagan-Similkameen region. OASISS has been actively participating in the education, coordination and management of invasive plants in the Okanagan-Similkameen since 1996. In April 2012, the Society broadened its constitution to include the management of invasive animals. OASISS coordinates and implements an invasive plant treatment program on behalf of its partners, and also delivers public education, outreach initiatives and community stewardship programs. Current members include representatives from: local, regional, provincial and federal government; utility companies; conservation/stewardship groups; First Nations; forestry and mining companies; and cattle producer associations. 

 

Lisa Scott

Coordinator, Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society

(T) 250-404-0115

(E) oasiss@shaw.ca



 

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