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Posted: October 18, 2016

EKISC invites public to general meeting

The East Kootenay Invasive Species Council’s (EKISC) October general meeting will be held on October 27 from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Heritage Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, 803 Cranbrook Street North, Cranbrook.

ogm-invite-resizedAll residents, municipal officials and media are invited to attend. The event will be an opportunity to hear EKISC’s 2016 program updates as well as provide input towards the organizational planning for 2017 and beyond.

A 2016 priority for EKISC is to implement greater stakeholder and public collaboration and buy-in to the planning process. Ongoing partnerships continue to evolve between EKISC and The Nature Conservancy of Canada, The Nature Trust, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and BC Parks with the objective to minimize the impacts of invasive species and rehabilitate effected areas.

As the organization approaches the business planning cycle, public feedback is important to strengthen efforts to address invasive species in the East Kootenay district. Recent events held by EKISC communicated that all land occupiers in the Province of British Columbia have a legal responsibility to control provincially and regionally listed noxious weeds (BC Weed Control Act and Regulation). If no weed management plan is incorporated in to city planning immediately, regionally prevalent plants such as Knotweed and Leafy Spurge will have financially encumbering ramifications on municipalities.

As a small non-profit organization, EKISC is evolving in identity and growing in resources. Come along and meet the team at the upcoming October General Meeting. Hear what EKISC have been up to in 2016 and help shape the future of the organization.


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