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Skills education for invasive species management workers in Kamloops, Vernon

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September 10, 2016 - 9:30 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - The province is ramping up efforts in its fight against invasive species.

Five interior communities are taking part in a $1.16M Job Creation Partnerships project developed by the province and the Invasive Species Council of B.C, according to a B.C. government media release.

This project provides a year-long invasive species skills development program in Vernon, Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Revelstoke and Williams Lake.

Across the five communities, there are 15 participants total, the province says. Members will survey the invasive species and work to raise public awareness.

The program provides practical training for skills like conducting field inventories, surveying, plant identification, data recording, and data management and communications.

Funding for this project, which runs until April 2017, comes from the province, local and First Nations governments.

"We encourage everyone to learn how to get involved preventing invasive species from taking hold, and how to keep them from damaging British Columbia's environment, economy and our society," Gail Wallin with the Invasive Species Council of B.C. says in the release.

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