Dear CCIS Members, Partners, and Supporters,

As the days grow longer and the warmth of summer sets in, I am pleased to share the latest updates from the Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS). Summer is a time of active engagement and growth, and we are excited about the opportunities this season brings.

We are thrilled to welcome a new crop of summer staff who will be starting their field season with CCIS.

These dedicated individuals will be working within our Regional Chapters, conducting important field studies that are essential to our mission. Their work will help us gather valuable data and implement effective management strategies for invasive species across the country.

Additionally, we are pleased to introduce Chris Sullivan and Julien Robertson, who have joined the National office of CCIS and Evan Abrahams who is joining our Nova Scotia Chapter. Chris, as Project Coordinator, will be working with partners on several of our Behaviour Change Programs as well as taking the lead with our National Invasive Species and Climate Change (NISCC) Network. Julien, as Science Communication & Development Coordinator, will be focusing on funding opportunities for CCIS, helping to ensure the sustainability and expansion of our programs. Evan will be working with Nova Scotia as Project Coordinator moving many of their important initiatives forward. Welcome to you all!

This summer, we are on high alert for the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) across Canada, particularly Ontario.

If you’re returning from areas in the US known to be infested, it’s crucial to ensure that these invasive pests do not hitch a ride back with you. Inspect your vehicle, camper, trailer, or RV thoroughly before making your way back to Canada. Additionally, check all camping gear and equipment you have with you. If you see a Spotted Lanternfly or its egg masses, please report your sighting at Early detection and quick action are essential in preventing SLF from causing significant harm to our agricultural crops and certain plant species.

Lastly, as we enjoy our outdoor pursuits, we should be mindful of our environmental impact. When hiking or riding in the forests, make a commitment to “Play Clean Go”. “Play Clean Go Week” (June 1-8, 2024) is an annual event promoted across North America to raise awareness about preventing the spread of invasive species. If you are enjoying aquatic activities, please “Clean Drain Dry” your gear. Your actions are vital in invasive species management and help protect our natural ecosystems and biodiversity.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our efforts. Together, we can make a significant difference in protecting Canada’s biodiversity. We look forward to your participation in our upcoming events and hearing your feedback on our initiatives.


Rebecca Lord,

Executive Director

Canadian Council on Invasive Species

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