Online Knotweed Forum
Knotweed is a plant that is considered invasive and grows in disturbed natural areas as well as on private property. It is very difficult to remove as it has an extensive root system and can quickly regenerate. This forum explores management strategies for private property, as well as plans for management in Renfrew Ravine in a panel with local experts. Full speaker bios will be listed below.
Tasha Murray holds a B.Sc. (Ecology & Environmental Biology) from Thompson Rivers University and a M.S.T. (Masters of Science in Teaching) from Portland State University. Tasha has been involved in conservation in the Pacific Northwest for over twenty years and has worked extensively to manage invasive plants. She has worked for the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver since 2008. As the Executive Director she is currently leading the ISCMV team. Tasha lives in Burnaby with her family on a small acreage with a large garden, chickens and plenty of invasive plants to tackle.
Amy Hendel is Field Operations Manager at Diamond Head Consulting where she coordinates five invasive species treatment crews, develops knotweed management plans, and advises clients on how to deal with challenging knotweed situations on construction and development sites. She is often asked to train municipal operations staff and present workshops on best management practices for knotweed and giant hogweed. Before joining Diamond Head, Amy led operational crews and served as Assistant Executive Director at the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver (ISCMV). Amy completed the Fish,
Wildlife and Recreation management program at BCIT in 2009 and has worked in the renewable resource sector ever since.
Fiona Steele is a professional biologist at Diamond Head Consulting with over 20 years of experience in the fields of ecology, forestry and GIS. Through an evolving career her passion for native plants has led her to specialize in ecosystem restoration and invasive plant management within urban areas. Fiona collaborates with local governments and public landowners to create policy and strategic plans for managing invasive species. She has been project manager on invasive species strategies for Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, North Vancouver, Cypress Provincial Park and Metro Vancouver Water Services. She frequently carries out invasive plant inventories, develops habitat restoration plans and coordinates large scale invasive plant treatment programs. Fiona is an executive member of the Board of Directors of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver and an associate member of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning Advisory Committee - Invasive Species Subcommittee.