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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Invasive species that enter and establish in British Columbia bring harmful impacts to our environment, economy, and society. You can help to reduce their impacts and make a difference to support healthier communities! Learn about volunteer opportunities near you, join our members (FREE!), spot and report invasive species, or donate. Step one—start making a difference today and spread the word about invasive species! 

Learn how you can take action against invasive species at home, in the garden, at work, on vacation, and with your pets and aquariums:

Fighting tiny mussels

Castanet.net, July 28, 2015, by Jennifer Zielinski: Dead or alive, zebra mussels aren’t welcome in B.C. The invasive zebra and/or quagga mussels also carry a fine of $100,000 if they are found aboard a vessel in this province, and there is a crackdown to ensure they stay out of B.C.

Sap from invasive weed can burn skin

CBC News, July 28, 2015, by Amanda Marcotte: While it sounds like an innocent vegetable, it's actually a weed with devilish properties. If you gently rub against it, the effects are like poison ivy. If you try to pull it, you could suffer ill health effects for the next three years, according to Chet Neufeld, Chair of the Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council and Treasurer of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species.

Season of the invaders in Cranbrook

Cranbrook Daily Townsman, July 29, 2015, by Barry Coulter: As southern B.C. labours under an ongoing drought, many kinds of tough, hardy plants are thriving. Fields of invasive weeds are in full bloom in many vacant industrial lots around Cranbrook, and the short window of opportunity for fighting them is just about past.

Invasive species add to monarch butterfly’s woes

The Poughkeepsie Journal, July 30, 2015, by Mike Fargione: In recent years, monarch butterfly populations have crashed. Habitat loss, herbicides and invasive species have all played a part in diminishing this once common species. 

Invasive species a threat in every corner of B.C.

Vancouver Sun, June 25, 2015, by Randy Shore: Dozens of non-native invasive plants and animals are established in British Columbia, arriving on the wind, in nursery plants, soil and on improperly cleaned boats. Invasives are more than a nuisance, costing millions in crop losses, ruined infrastructure and threatening natural biodiversity, according to the Invasive Species Council of B.C.

Early start for milfoil in Okanagan causing trouble

Kelowna Capital News, June 20, 2015: Just as tourists start to flood into the Okanagan for the start of beach season, the invasive aquatic weed, Eurasian Watermilfoil has decided to make an early appearance in valley lakes.

Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Has Already Begun: Study

KelownaNow/World News, June 21, 2015, by Stacy Penner: A new study declares that a mass extinction is already in the works. The researchers behind a new study are calling for action to conserve threatened species, populations, and habitat, but they warn that the opportunity is already closing. 

Action month fights back against flourishing alien flora

Powell River Peak, June 17, 2015 by Mel Edgar: To raise awareness, Invasive Species Council of BC has dedicated June Invasive Species Action Month. In Powell River, residents have long fought the battle against invasive species—Scotch broom, English ivy, Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed—along highways, as well as in parks, aquatic areas and gardens.

Prevent spread of invasive plants in Thompson-Nicola

Kamloops This Week, June 14, 2015: The Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s invasive plant brochure is now available. The brochure, a project of the TNRD’s invasive plant committee, includes information on assistance and programs available for rural landowners.

The plant that’s eating B.C.

Macleans, June 12, 2015, by Ken MacQueen: Japanese knotweed is in nearly all our provinces. And the threat is real: it can lower house prices, threaten our bridges, and drive men to madness.

Leaping lizards! Going to the wall to stop an invader

Victoria Times Colonist, June 11, 2015, by Jack Knox: Was tending the tomato plants, feeling vaguely Amish, when something scaly and reptilian skittered up the rock wall. I stuck my head in the house: “Vladimir Putin is in the garden.” She shook her head: “European wall lizard.”

Inspection catches dead invasive mussels in B.C.

Global News, June 6, 2015, by Megan Turcato: The Ministry of Environment says a provincial inspection in Penticton on May 29 of a boat that had been in Lake Winnipeg turned up dead invasive mussels.

TNRD Helping to Control Invasive Plants

KamloopsBCNow, June 7, 2015 by Jamie Shinkewski: The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is offering information about invasive plants for rural homeowners.

Calls mount for BC to take stronger action against invasive mussels

The Globe and Mail, June 7, 2015, by Justine Hunter: VICTORIA—With the start of summer boating season in British Columbia’s freshwater lakes, the annual game of chance begins: The provincial government is gambling that it can prevent any boats contaminated with invasive mussels from launching within its borders.

Study: When plants become space invaders

Phys.org, June 3, 2015 by Ursula Basinger: Declines in native biodiversity can open opportunities for imported species to not only grab a foothold in a new territory, but also to evolve into invasive pests. The evolution of an invasive plant is likely aided by the decline of native species, new research led by University of Arizona scientists shows.

Board flexes its mussels

Castanet.com/Kelowna News, June 5, 2015, by Darren Handschuh: The Okanagan Basin Water Board has given notice it will not be responsible for “for the long-term treatment, mitigation or control of zebra or quagga mussels if the province fails to enact appropriate prevention measures” to keep the invasive species out of area lakes.

B.C. proclaims June as “Invasive Species Action Month”

VICTORIA - The B.C. government has proclaimed June 2015 to be “Invasive Species Action Month” to raise awareness of the environmental and economic damage that invasive plants and animals can cause if they become established in British Columbia.

Communications Framework for BC

The BC Communications Framework on Invasive Species is a valuable, voluntary reference for all BC stakeholders developing communications plans related to invasive species.

Invasive Species Strategy for BC

The Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia is a strategic framework for improved invasive species management in British Columbia. It offers a foundation for invasive species work across BC and is the basis for our programs and efforts.

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Boaters face more inspections, urged to Clean, Drain and Dry their boats

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 17, 2015 – Williams Lake, BC: Boats entering British Columbia waters will face closer scrutiny to prevent aquatic invasive species, and BC boaters are being encouraged to always Clean, Drain and Dry their boats as June’s Invasive Species Action Month highlights aquatics this week. 

British Columbians take action during Invasive Species Action Month in June

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 1, 2015 – Williams Lake: To get British Columbians active in preventing and stopping the spread of harmful invasive species in our province, the BC government has officially declared the entire month of June as Invasive Species Action Month. Invasive species threaten BC’s environment, economy and society, including human health, but stopping invasive species is possible if we take action now to prevent, detect and manage invasive species.

Girl Guides working to stop the spread of invasive species in BC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Mar. 16, 2015 - Williams Lake: The Invasive Species Council of BC has teamed up with BC Girl Guides to create a new Alien Invader Challenge program that introduces girls and young women from age 5 to 18 to the harm that invasive species can cause and what they can do to limit their spread. 

10th annual forum on managing BC’s invasive species brings together leaders in field

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 20, 2015 - Richmond, BC: Delegates from across British Columbia are gathering this week in Richmond to discuss ways to prevent, detect and manage invasive species that affect BC’s economy, environment and society. The 10th anniversary forum, INVASIVES 2015, features workshops, discussions, learning sessions, and updates on what groups around the province are doing to target invasive species. 

ISCBC calls on federal government to implement regulations against aquatic invasive species

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 10, 2014 – Williams Lake, BC: In support of the federal government’s announcement last week of new regulations to deal with aquatic invasive species, the Invasive Species Council of BC today called on the federal government to expand their list of invasive species, to commit financial resources to implement the regulations, and to have these regulations in place by the start of boating season this coming spring.

Invasive species organizations will create North American Invasive Species Framework

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 10, 2014 – Williams Lake, BC: Following last month’s Weeds Across Borders, the bi-annual gathering of professionals and organizations working in invasive species management from Canada, the United States and Mexico, a North America Invasive Species Framework will be created to link existing federal plans, national strategies, and to identify shared priorities and monitoring indicators to prevent and contain invasive species across the continent.  

Call for Applications - BC Communications Review Panel

A call for applications is underway for communications experts working in invasive species to serve on the new independent Communications Review Panel, that will review and coordinate invasive species communications in BC.

NEW One-Day Course on Invasive Species

The Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC), in partnership with TransCanada Corporation is pleased to announce a new training program on invasive species in BC, with a special focus on BC’s North, titled "Invasive Species in BC—You Can Help Prevent the Spread!"

B.C. grants $1.6 million to fight invasive plants

MFLNRO News Release, May 9, 2014: VICTORIA – The provincial government is providing over $1.6 million in new grants to control the spread of invasive plants, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.

BC’s PlantWise program expands to help gardeners and businesses choose responsible alternatives

ISCBC News Release, April 23, 2014: WILLIAMS LAKE—A provincial program that helps both consumers and industry make wise choices to stop the spread of invasive species is expanding this year. The 2014 PlantWise program, coordinated by the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, helps both industry and consumers understand which plants are invasive, supporting the horticulture industry’s transition to becoming invasive-free, and building consumer demand for non-invasive plants.

Burnaby garden centre commended for action on European Fire Ants

April 3, 2014: The Invasive Species Council of BC commends the Burnaby garden centre which recently went public about its troubles with an infestation of European fire ants. GardenWorks talked to local media to highlight why it’s so important for gardeners and the horticultural industry to be aware of the dangers of invasive species to our province.

Invasive Species Week June 10-17th

ISCBC News Release, June 3, 2013: WILLIAMS LAKE—Invasive species week is here! On June 10th – 17th, show your commitment to BC’s natural areas by getting involved. 

What do Snakehead fish and Giant Hogweed have in Common?

ISCBC News Release, May 18, 2012: WILLIAMS LAKE—The aggressive snakehead fish has been reported in Burnaby’s Central Park lagoon. The impressive and highly toxic Giant hogweed is found in many public areas in the Lower Mainland. What two things do these have in common? Both are invasive and not native to BC, and are intentionally transported and introduced by people.  

Seedy Saturdays, not Weedy Weekends!

ISCBC News Release, Feb. 29, 2012: WILLIAMS LAKE—Seedy Saturdays are happening all over British Columbia, giving keen gardeners and growers a chance to share ideas, advice, plants, and seeds. At these events you can find some rare heritage crop varieties. You can also find ornamental plants or plants with reported medicinal value.  

Invasive Plant Council of BC transitions to Species

IPCBC News Release, Jan. 24, 2012: WILLIAMS LAKE—Announcing the new “Invasive Species Council of British Columbia” — to be unveiled during the highly anticipated  “Shutting Out Invaders” Forum, January 24-26th. 

Release of provincial Aboriginal Toolkit to improve invasive plant management on traditional lands

IPCBC News Release, June 30, 2011: WILLIAMS LAKE—Through a partnership between the Williams Lake Indian Band, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), formerly known as Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia, a new provincial Aboriginal Toolkit is now released to assist Aboriginal communities across BC reduce the impact of invasive plants on traditional, reserve, and adjacent lands. 

Beyond Giant Hogweed: Aquatics Plants Pose Threat

IPCBC News Release, May 9, 2011: WILLIAMS LAKE—Non-native aquatic plants, popular in the new and trendy water gardens, are escaping into natural environments and posing a serious threat to the health of Canada’s aquatic ecosystems. The National Invasive Species Working Group (NISWG) believes Canadians need to be aware of the risks posed by these plants becoming invasive in wetlands and waterways.

Release of provincial Invasive Plant Core Ranking Process Announced

IPCBC News Release, April 4, 2011: WILLIAMS LAKE—The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), and Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia (IPCBC) have partnered on the development and release of an innovative BC Invasive Plant Core Ranking Process that will help land managers make effective invasive plant management decisions.

IPCBC to Host ‘Invasion of the Aliens!’ Forum

IPCBC News Release, Jan. 14, 2011: WILLIAMS LAKE—To address invasive species threatening BC, the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia will host a highly anticipated public forum, “Invasion of the Aliens!” January 18-19th, 2011.

Giant Hogweed: Big, Scary Alien on the Move

IPCBC News Release, May 14, 2010: WILLIAMS LAKE—With the approach of International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22nd, the time is right to start focusing on the early detection of invasive alien species—the second biggest threat to biodiversity worldwide. Most notably, the spreading Invasive ornamental plant, Giant hogweed, causes long-lasting skin damage. 

Skills Training for Resource Workers

IPCBC News Release, Mar. 5, 2010: WILLIAMS LAKE—Are you looking for job opportunities? Out-of-work resource workers in communities across BC can develop new, valuable skills with a seven-day Invasive Plant Training Program starting this April.

IPCBC awards N.A.T.S. Nursery and GardenWorks special recognition

IPCBC News Release, Feb. 15, 2010: WILLIAMS LAKE—N.A.T.S. Nursery and GardenWorks were two Lower Mainland businesses to receive special recognition awards during the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia’s (IPCBC) Annual Public Forum, “Unique Habitats, Unique Challenges,” held at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, January 19th to 20th, 2010.  

Reporting Invasive Plants in BC communities has never been easier

IPCBC News Release, May 11, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—It’s never been easier to report invasive plants. The Invasive Plant Council of BC is pleased to announce the establishment of a provincial toll free hotline, 1-888-WEEDSBC, to which callers can report invasive plants and make a difference in their community.

National Group Bands Together To Fight Invasive Species Threatening Biodiversity

IPCBC News Release, May 7, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—Invasive alien species is the international focus for May 22, UN International Day for Biological Diversity.  In Canada, invasive species councils, committees, and coalitions from recently formed a National Invasive Species Working Group to work together to reduce the impact of invasive species across the country. 

Silent invasion of invasive plants prompts action in BC

IPCBC News Release, Feb. 6, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—To address the growing issue of invasive plants, more than 125 experts as well as a diversity of high caliber speakers in the field of invasive plant management attended the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia’s (IPCBC) Annual Public Forum and AGM, “Stop the Spread,” held at the Delta Airport Hotel in Richmond, January 20 to 21st.

Memorandum between BC, Alberta, and Australia renews commitment to combat invasives

IPCBC News Release, Feb. 2, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—Signing a memorandum of support between British Columbia, Alberta, and Australia on January 19th, 2009 renewed the commitment among invasive plant and species councils from across Canada and beyond to build future collaborations and strategies that improve invasive plant management beyond borders. 

Forum on invasive plants aids future research priorities for BC

IPCBC News Release, Nov. 7th, 2008: WILLIAMS LAKE—More than 100 participants enjoyed a successful international research forum Oct. 29th-30th at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, where discussions on the growing issue of invasive plants on fragile ecosystems in British Columbia helped to identify both current research projects and future priorities for invasive plant management. 

Invasive Plant Council of BC to host International Research Forum

IPCBC News Release, Oct. 23, 2008: WILLIAMS LAKE—The Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia (IPCBC), a grassroots, non-profit society working collaboratively to build cooperation and coordination of invasive plant management in British Columbia, is hosting an international research forum on Oct. 29th – 30th at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.

Pulling Together to combat Invasive Plants in the Cariboo

IPCBC News Release, July 28, 2008: WILLIAMS LAKE—More than 45 enthusiastic participants joined the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee (CCCIPC) on July 24th for an engaging field tour and Annual General Meeting (AGM) to address the threat of invasive plants in the south Cariboo.

East Kootenay Field Tour of Invasive Plants Showcases Successes

IPCBC News Release, June 13, 2008: WILLIAMS LAKE— A field tour of the East Kootenay region on June 10th showcased successes of local invasive plant management projects, with more than 35 participants representing the Invasive Plant Council of BC; local, provincial, and federal government; industry (ranching, agriculture, forestry); regional weed committees; biologists; and naturalists.

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Highlights from INVASIVES 2015: ISCBC’s 10th Anniversary Forum & AGM

INVASIVES 2015 was a celebration of 10 years of action and hard work tackling invasive species in British Columbia. While there is a still work to be done, the Invasive Species Council of BC’s 10th Anniversary Forum & AGM provided an opportunity for land managers, policy makers and conservationists to look back and see the changes over the last decade. Representatives from around the province and speakers from around the world were hosted in Richmond, BC on January 20th and 21st. 

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Clean Drain Dry

Clean Drain Dry encourages you to 'clean drain dry' all boats and equipment to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and organisms to BC waters.

Community Weed Pulls

The Communities Pulling Together program enables volunteer groups to learn about and remove local invasive plants. Participants gain hands-on experience by helping to remove an invasive plant infestation in their community.

PlantWise

PlantWise is a consumer and industry education program designed to build understanding of the problems caused by invasive species, increasing demand for non-invasive plants, and to support the horticulture industry’s transition to becoming free of invasive species.

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