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The Alberta Invasive Species Council

On March 20th, 2013 the membership of the Alberta Invasive Plants Council voted to change the name to the Alberta Invasive Species Council (AISC).  The vote also changed the scope of the Council to include all species. On June 26th, 2013 the Registrar of Corporations approved the name change.  At the same time, the objectives of the council were changed to the following:

1. Make Albertans aware of the impact that invasive species have on the environment, economy, and society through communication, education and awareness.

2. Be recognized as Alberta’s voice on invasive species by acting as a key resource organization.

3. Foster partnerships between agencies with a mutual interest in invasive species management through communication and cooperation.

On September 17th, 2013 the Board of Directors accepted the new logo for AISC.


Our History

Historically, weeds have been viewed as a problem of Alberta’s large agricultural industry, and the provincial Weed Control Act was established to protect agricultural lands. In time, of course, weeds spread from the ‘farms and flowerbeds’ into natural areas. While weed control legislation supported the enforced management of provincially designated weeds by landowners and occupants, it became clear that legislation was not enough to stem the tide. Non-native, invasive plants were increasing, and industry and recreation were unwittingly carrying these invaders farther into the backcountry.

Through the early 1990’s, a handful of Agricultural Fieldmen began working with crown land managers along the eastern slopes to manage weed infestations on public lands. By the mid-nineties these efforts coalesced into the Eastern Slopes Weed Management Group, with members from several Counties/M.D.s and the Range Management section of Public Lands – a multi-stakeholder approach to weed management. With guidance from the US and NAWMA, the strategy evolved to emphasize the impacts of invasive plants and loss of biodiversity. The Group gained momentum as new leadership within Sustainable Resource Development recognized invasive plants as a forest health problem also. In 2003 the Group changed its name to the Eastern Slopes Invasive Plants Council, and with provincial government support, hosted the Invasive Plants: Understanding the Threat conference in Calgary. Over 200 participants listened to invasive plant managers from Canada and the US.

With the success of the conference came new provincial invasive plant strategies and the council recognized the need to represent more than just the eastern slopes. Thus, the Alberta Invasive Plants Council was formed in early 2004, with members from Forest Health, Fish & Wildlife, Parks Canada, Alberta Agriculture, Dow AgroSciences/IVMAA, Alberta Association of Agricultural Fieldmen, Parks & Protected Areas, and the Landscape Alberta Nursery Trades Association. Key messages of the council were developed for promoting awareness, along with a communication strategy. The AIPC was formally launched in a news release November 1st circulated to news agencies across Canada and the website updated.

 

 During 2006 the AIPC became incorporated into a registered not-for-profit society. This is part of the Council’s strategy to develop into a provincially recognized resource on invasive plant issues.  In September 2006, the AIPC hosted the 14th annual NAWMA (North America Weed Management Association) conference & trade show in Calgary. A capacity crowd of about 240 registrants arrived from across Canada, the USA and even New Zealand & Australia.

Become A Member

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    Voting privileges at all membership meetings, including the AGM.

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    A special member's discount rate to attend the Annual General Meeting and Conference held in April each year.

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    Receive periodic Member Updates to keep current with developments across the province.

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    Receive the quarterly e-newsletter, The Invader, and contribute articles.

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    Contribute expertise and knowledge to working committees that convene from time to time.

Benefit: 2 of 5
A special member's discount rate to attend the Annual General Meeting and Conference held in April each year.

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