The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, detection, and management of invasive species in the Okanagan-Similkameen. Established in 1996, this group was formally referred to as the South Okanagan-Similkameen Invasive Plant Society. In 2012, Society members opted to change the constitution to encompass invasive species, and subsequently changed the name of the Society.
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.
To control, prevent, and minimize the impacts of invasive species on our communities, natural environment and economy.
Goals and Strategies
Raise awareness about invasive species, their impacts and management strategies and inspire action.
Prevent new invasive species from arriving and establish clear protocols for new arrivals.
Facilitate the flow of information and provide a source of expertise on invasive species.
Minimize or reverse the spread of existing invasive species through coordinated, integrated invasive species management efforts.
Improve stakeholder communication, collaboration, coordination, and information sharing.
Build capacity to ensure program sustainability.
Meet the Team
Lisa Scott, M.Sc., R.P.Bio.
Elaine Desjarlais, B.Sc.
Field Operations Manager
Trista Algar, B.Sc.
Communications and Outreach Assistant
Board of Directors