2019 EKISC Agriculture Learning Symposium on Invasive Weed Management


Nov 21, 2019

                                   Coffee, tea, and light snacks provided / opportunities to view exhibitors tables



                                   EKISC & Ktunaxa guest


                                    Moving Beyond 'How Do I Kill The Weeds':  Prevention, EDRR, Integrated Controls, & Reclamation 

                                    presented by Kelly Cooley

                                    Invasive plant management is an evolving cyclical pattern; evaluating each stage of the cycle and                                            adapting management strategies is imperative to proper management. 


                                   Lightning talks are 10 minutes and there are no question periods available at the end. 

                                   Brief Introduction to Exhibitors

                                   Land Manager Obligations in the RDEK presented by Jamie Davies, RDEK 

                                   All landowners/occupiers in the Province of British Columbia have a legal responsibility to control                                         provincially and regionally listed Noxious Weeds. The BC Weed Control Act and Regulations legislate                                     this. The RDEK's Neighbourhood Invasive Plant Program (NIPP) focuses on assisting private                                                       landowners with dealing with these species on their properties. The RDEK has also developed an                                             Invasive Plant Bylaw Enforcement Policy and Procedures document that is used as a tool to help                                             guide RDEK staff and the public through management of Invasive Plants. Voluntary cooperation of                                         the landowner is the primary objective. However, if RDEK staff are unsuccessful in achieving                                                     voluntary compliance with private landowners, enforcement in the form of remedial action (RDEK                                           hiring a contractor to control Invasive Plants on private lands) will be undertaken. Remedial action                                         costs, if not payed by the property owner will be added to the property owners taxes.                                       

                                   Conservation Toolkit presented by Juliet Craig, Kootenay Conservation Program

                                   KCP is a network of over 80 organizations, many of which have tools, resources, and information for                                       private landowners to support private land stewardship. KCP has recently developed a Stewardship                                       Solutions Toolkit that serves as a directory for these organizations and their resources. 'Better than                                       Google ©', this Toolkit is specific to each subregion of the Kootenays and links to information on                                             invasive plants, wildlife conflict, habitat restoration, wildlife monitoring, farm and ranch resources                                       and much more. Find out more about this new resource and how to use it!

                                   Reporting That Works presented by Jessie Paloposki, EKISC

                                   Learn how to report invasive species at a landscape level and what happens after the report is                                                   submitted. Understand how reporting with the proper technique will make a difference in the                                                   agriculture community.


10:10 AM    BREAK

                                    Coffee and tea provided / opportunities to view exhibitors tables

10:30 AM   SESSION 1

                                    It’s All About the Grass: Ecological Considerations in Managing Invasive Species presented by Tim                                      Ross, Ross Range and Reclamation Services

11:15 AM   SESSION 2

                                   Why Goats? A Case Study presented by Cailey Chase

                                   Herbicides have their place in vegetation control but they are often heavily depended                                                                   upon. Herbicides also kill the microbiology (fungi, bacteria): strong microbiology grows diversity.                                           Join Cailey as she offers her experiences on an alternative option to herbicide use: targeted goat                                             grazing. Goat grazing recycles the nutrients and minerals the plants bring up to the surface and                                               returns them to the soil’s biology in the form of urine and manure. We are finding that goats increase                                     the progression of soil regeneration as they kill the plants (weeds) and bring nutrients to and create                                       the soil structure that retains moisture, which is as important as water feeds the plants

12:00 PM    LUNCH

                                    Opportunities to view exhibitors tables

                                    Optional: backpack spray calibration refresher

1:00 PM      SESSION 3

                                   Expanding Your Weed Control Calendar: Using A Life Cycle Based Approach presented by Kelly                                             Cooley 

                                   Expanding upon the life cycle based management and integrated control measures approach by                                               focusing on specific species of your choice, outlining their life cycles and the integrated control                                               measures & timing that best inhibits those cycles.  

2:00 PM      SESSION 4

                                   Soil Health presented by Rachael Roussin

                                   Chemical, physical, and biological properties all play a part in the intricate soil system. This soils                                           discussion will review the basic principles of soil management to achieve your soil health goals and                                       how that can help with invasive weed management.                                    

2:30 PM      BREAK

                                   Coffee and tea provided / opportunities to view exhibitors tables

2:45 PM      SESSION 5

                                   Managing Invasive Plants on the Farm: "Getting Ahead and Doing No Harm” presented by Mike                                             Malmberg

                                   Ecology is a science of interaction and change; often looked at with uncompromising perspectives                                         and inability to see beyond our reality. Invasive species are not always bad. Think: What timeframe                                         are we using? In ecology, invasive species play a key role in adaptation to change. Weed control is a                                         balancing act between being diligent and attentive but avoiding becoming fanatical and                                                             uncompromising. Mike will present ideas on how to be specific in achieving our weed management                                         goals while being practical and open to changing our perspectives. He will present some tools to use                                     known science in management approaches and ways to seek new information and changing ideas.                                         Mike will speak openly about his experiences observing and interpreting what to watch for; be aware                                     of, and being cautious of misinterpreting what is being seen, especially as it pertains to either                                                 forging ahead full speed or pulling back and watching.





Sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta L.) invasion has been identified as a problem on rangelands in the East Kootenay. While it is a problem in itself, it is a symptom of a much larger problem. Livestock and wild ungulates have grazed these grasslands, year-round in the case of horses, for many years. In early settlement years when there was no fencing, permitted and non-permitted livestock were free to graze uncontrolled from the late 1800’s until well into the 1950’s.

On the St. Mary’s IR #1 a program of targeted goat grazing has been initiated to control sulphur cinquefoil. This project is not solely about utilizing goat grazing to suppress sulphur cinquefoil in lieu of herbicide application. Nor is this project about protecting traditional use plants. This project is the first step in an ecologically based approach to range management of the Adrian Lakes and Long Prairie grasslands. Join Tim as he speaks to a case study on how  targeted goat grazing is positively influencing range condition and how this project will contribute important adaptive management insights to the knowledge base of controlling invasive species with livestock grazing.