Fire ants and invasive plants on forum agenda

Invasive Species are the second greatest threat to biodiversity worldwide.

If you want to find out more about it, Coastal Invasive Species Committee is inviting the public to their spring forum, field tour and annual general meeting, titled Connecting with Current and Cultural Knowledge, on June 12 at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural Center in Duncan.

Register online by June 3. Locally, more people are becoming aware of how invasive species impact human health and safety, natural ecosystems and the economy through reduced yields associated with agriculture and forestry, increased infrastructure costs and property devaluation, and effects on First Nations cultural and traditional foods.

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of B.C., will be there to deliver opening remarks.

Connect with others and hear speakers share the latest information about the European fire ant, the spartina invasion, restoration ecology, mapping from space, Cowichan Valley invasive plant policy and more.

The Coastal ISC is a non-profit organization formed in 2005 with a vision that "communities, resources and ecosystems in the Coastal ISC service area are protected from the negative impacts of invasive alien species."

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