Okanagan – Invasive Species Website
|Project Lead||Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS)|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture|
Invasive plant species create challenges for producers by interfering with cropping systems and by creating health hazards for livestock, while invasive pests can damage crops and reduce yields. Climate change will alter the range and prevalence of invasive species in the Okanagan, adding to management complexity and costs for producers.
Previously, the Okanagan Valley did not have a centralized system to share information pertaining to invasive species identification and management and as a result, producers (and the public) had difficulty accessing the information that they required to identify and manage invasive plants and pests. The Okanagan Invasive Species Online website (www.oiso.ca) now serves as a valley-wide one-stop-shop for local invasive species information. The website is designed for the agriculture sector and allows producers to search for invasive species by commodity, plant or pest name, category and plant/flower colour. The site also features an Ask an Expert function that allows users to fill out a form and be connected with an expert in their area who can assist with identification and treatment options.
Visit the website: www.oiso.ca