Invasive species society meets for tour, AGM

projects for the upcoming year also include developing a digital invasive species guide.

It was rain or shine during the Boundary Invasive Species Society annual general meeting and field tour on May 19. Here

The Boundary Invasive Species Society trekked out in the rain last Thursday, May 19 for a field tour of invasive species in the West Boundary, before coming inside and drying off for the group’s annual general meeting. The board discussed potential replacement board candidates for a member who is leaving the board.

The board reappointed Bill Baird, Lisa Tedesco and Alan Stanley to the board upon completion of their two-year terms. Toni Long, vice-chair of the board, is resigning with one year left on her term due to her impending move to Keremeos. The board moved to find a replacement who will represent agriculture and ranching interests; however, Long will remain on the board until a replacement is found and appointed.

The meeting saw the presentation of the group’s financial statements, with coordinator Barb Stewart presenting a net surplus of $2,821 in 2016 and $4,013 for 2015.

The group has continued to receive funding from the regional district areas C, D and E as well as FortisBC, BC Hydro and the Grand Forks ATV Club for projects and work completed. The group also received $5,512 in funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program for the hiring of a summer assistant.

Baird, chair of the Invasive Species Society, presented the chair’s report. He highlighted this year’s focus on terrestrial invasive plants and the hiring of a new summer assistant, Josie Barker, through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

Stewart said projects for the upcoming year also include developing a digital invasive species guide as well as getting the website, boundaryinvasive.com, up and running.