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THE INVADER 2016 (volume 2)
December 30, 2016

Featured Event: PVMA Spring Conference & AGM Featured Article: BC Invasive Plant Specialist Job Posting Featured Species: Barberry, common

THE INVADER newsletter is published by the Alberta Invasive Species Council.  To contact us: email to or phone 587-999-0954.  You manage your subscription ....... you can stop receiving it by unsubscribing at the bottom of the newsletter.  If you want to change your email address ....... unsubscribe and then go to the AISC website and on the home page subscribe using your new email address.  There was a glitch in the unsubscribe on the newsletter ...... it was not working until very recently.  We apologize to those who have been trying, unsuccessfully, to unsubscribe.  I am assured it is fixed now.   If you have any questions, comments or ideas for this newsletter please contact us.  This is the time of year for meetings and conferences.  Let us know ( if you have an event for us to post on the AISC website.  The AISC website has lots of information on invasive species and events taking place in Alberta and beyond.

Right plant, Right place     photo citation: T. Davis Sydnor, The Ohio State University,

There are many ornamental and agricultural plants that have escaped and are surviving very well in natural ecosystems.  In other words, they are invasive.  Because they have been sold and grown for many years they will likely never be regulated.  But that does not mean that we should not be concerned.  Any plant that thrives in natural ecosystems displaces native plants and all the species that rely on those native plants.  AISC is using the term RIGHT PLANT, RIGHT PLACE to bring attention to the issue.  These plants should be removed or destroyed when the show up in natural ecosystems.  When you see common plants in the wrong place ........ do something about it!!!  Destroy it or tell the land manager!  The previous INVADER newsletter profiled Russian olive which has invaded riparian areas in the province.  This time we would like to profile another one of these plants; cotoneaster.  The Weaselhead/Glenmore Park Preservation Society has been collecting data on cotoneaster in the riparian area west of Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary for 5 years.  22% of the Wesealhead (200 hectares of riparian habitat) is heavily infested with cotoneaster with an average density of 190 plants/ha.  INFORMATION  AISC has a Fact Sheet on cotoneaster in development.  It will be available spring 2016.

ByLaw Changes Proposed

The Board of Directors will bring the following resolution to the membership at the Annual General Meeting on March 10th, 2016.  The resolution will make the changes to the bylaws necessary to remove "alternate directors" and increase the maximum number of directors from 12 to 16.   Effectively converting the alternate positions to full director positions.

Board of Directors

The new Section 3.  The Board of shall consist of not less than eight and no more than sixteen members representing organizations and individuals from a variety of sectors represented by the membership, as per the Board Member Terms of Reference.  The following sentence will be deleted. Up to four Alternate Board Members may also be elected, to replace a Board member during their absence. 

Section 7 will be deleted.  The current section 7 is the following. An Alternate Board Member shall be entitled to attend Board of Directors meetings. An Alternate Board Member can fulfill all Board Member duties in the absence of a Board Member from the sector that he/she represents. The Alternate Board Member while so acting will have the full rights and privileges of a Board Member including voting privileges.             

Board of Directors Vacancies 

AISC currently has two vacancies that will be filled at the Annual General Meeting on March 10th, 2016.  Both vacancies are in the Industry perspective.  There will also be two positions available in the Other Government perspective.  Other Government is all government except for Provincial government.  This includes Federal, local (urban & rural) and First Nations.  The two current directors are standing for re-election; Dave Hayman (City of Calgary) and Oscar Anderson (MD of Ranchland).    You must be an AISC member before you can enter the nomination process.  If you are interested, or know someone who is, then completed the NOMINATION FORM and return it by email to by March 7th, 2016.   If you want a copy of the nomination form in WORD format please email                

Wild Boars    photo citation: Billy Higginbotham, Texas AgriLife Extension Service,

Wild boars are an invasive species in Alberta and elsewhere across North America.  They are an invasive species of concern because of all the damage they do.  The U.S. Forest Service and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies are having a webinar: Feral hogs: Implications for Wildlife and Current Research for Management by Dr. John Kilgo at noon on Thursday Feb 25th.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

AISC 3rd Annual Conference and AGM  

Thursday, March 10th, 2016  

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (registration opens 8:30 am)

Lacombe Memorial Centre (Centennial North), 5214 – 50 Ave, Lacombe AB

This Conference is a great opportunity to Learn, Network and Gain New Ideas!!!!  


NEWS: Agenda released.  For more information on the AGENDA

Pesticide Applicator Credits are being applied for.

Ways you can save money!!

  • Register by March 4th**  Members $73.50 (GST included); Non-members $94.50 (GST included)
  • Purchase an annual AISC Membership; Individual $31.50 (GST included), Organizational $105 (GST included)  see right side of this page
  • Become a Sponsor of AISC  (contact
  • Organizational Members and Sponsors can register any number of people from their organization at the "members" price.
  • Special Half-Rate for Students: $36.75 (GST included) MUST REGISTER BY March 4th.

Starting March 5th registration increases: Members $95.55 (GST included), Non-members $116.55 (GST included)


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