Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society
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The Okanagan And Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) has been actively participating in prevention, detection and management of invasive plants in the Okanagan-Similkameen since 1996 (this group was formerly referred to as the South Okanagan-Similkameen Invasive Plant Society). Efforts have targeted provincially and regionally noxious species listed under the BC Weed Control Act, and other aggressive invasive plants. In 2012, society members opted to change the constitution to encompass invasive species, and subsequently changed the name of the society. OASISS addresses invasive species and their pathways of spread by prioritizing management areas and species through multi-stakeholder cooperative coordination. The Society is also actively involved in public education and outreach initiatives and community stewardship programs that involve on-the-ground action. The role of OASISS is to encourage and facilitate agency coordination, prioritize management activities, coordinate/evaluate on-the-ground treatment and to provide public information programs for invasive species management. Prevention and education are considered priority management activities.