www.eflora.bc.ca (E-Flora BC)
This is a wonderful website devoted to the flora of British Columbia.
The site is a non-profit public conservation and education project aimed
at providing free, accessible, comprehensive botanical information on the
diverse flora of British Columbia via the Internet. It exists because
of dedicated volunteers and as such they need donations to keep the project
expanding. It is literally stuffed full of information about native
plants of BC. From the main page you can select information about the
plant groups, plant identification, and an image gallery. There is
also a section devoted to invasive plants. In each subtopic there is
abundant additional information available as links to related sites.
www.weedsbc.ca (Weeds BC)
This is an excellent resource for identifying and managing weeds. There
are 80 profiles on weeds found in BC. Along with each brief description,
there is a link to download the PDF pages from the “Guide to Weeds in BC”.
The guide provides detailed information on distribution, identification,
management and impact.
(Wash. State Noxious Weed Control Board)
www.agf.gov.bc.ca/cropprot/invasiveplant.htm (BC Invasive Plant Alert)
(Invasive Plant Council of BC)
(Alberta Invasive Plants Council)
(Invasive Plants Species Workshop)
The list of above websites all deal with the problem of introduced plants.
Often these plants have no control mechanisms in the area where they are
introduced and quickly take over a landscape or whole ecosystem. They
are all excellent resources full of information on identification, control
and eradication efforts. They highlight the continued efforts needed
to prevent new species from being introduced. Unfortunately they also
highlight the latest threatening species that may have been introduced to
(Heritage Tree Foundation)
(Big Trees of BC)
www.srd.gov.ab.ca/whatsnew/features/051016.html (Alberta Trees of Renown)
All of the above websites are devoted to locating and cataloguing trees with
special attributes. Whether it be age, size, historical significance
or some other unique characteristic any tree can be nominated for the special
status. Most of the provinces have similar projects initiated.
Visit the following link for more provincial projects [http://www.treecanada.ca/publications/index.htm].
With the assignment of the designation it is hoped the tree will be protected
for future generations to enjoy. The information will either be available
online or published in the future as it is amassed.
www.agr.gov.sk.ca/Docs/crops/cropguide00.asp (Guide to Crop Protection)
This site provides an online copy of the Saskatchewan Crop Protection Guide.
Similar to the Alberta Blue Book, it has all sorts of great information on
applying pesticides, label info, pesticide chemistry, and so forth.
Compost is one of nature's best mulches and soil amendments and this website
will tell you all you need to know about the science of composting.
It talks about different techniques, composting different materials, troubleshooting
if your compost is having trouble, and a bonus section on 50 organic gardening
tips. All in all, a pretty informative site on composting.
If you come across some interesting websites that you would like to pass
on, please email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff at email@example.com.