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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

MAY IS INVASIVE SPECIES ACTION MONTH ACROSS BC! Take Action this month - see our News Release and the BC Province New Release

INVASIVE SPECIES ACTION MONTH PHOTO CONTEST - ENTER TO WIN GREAT PRIZES! 

 

Here's your chance to show us your best photo of taking action on invasive plants or animals, or highlighting a key invasive species in your community, and win some great prizes, including a Go Pro camera!

CONTEST DETAILS | WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR ENTRIES!

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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:

B.C. provides $1.7 million in grants to fight invasive plants

BC GOVERNMENT NEWS, April 22, 2016: The B.C. government is distributing over $1.7 million in new grants to help control the spread of invasive plants in the province, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and Parliamentary Secretary Donna Barnett announced today.

Don’t let invasive plants take root

Agassiz-Harrison Observer, March 10, 2016, by Jane Kivett (BLOG): This is the time of year when the days get longer and the sun is higher that gardeners start to get excited.

Divers can help stop aquatic invasive species

GoErie.com, March 15, 2016, by Anna McCartney: When zebra mussels dramatically increased water clarity in the early 1990s, many divers welcomed their invasion as a positive outcome.

Celebrating International Day of Forests

USDA, U.S. Forest Service, March 17, 2016, by William Harold Shoutis: In a changing climate, it takes elaborate and energetic collaboration to preserve forests around the world, and there is no better celebration of trees than water conservation. The United Nation’s International Day of Forests, this March 21, is a time for heightening awareness of these partnerships, their ambitions, and the values and services forests provide.

Wisen up to harmful plants in Nelson

Nelson Star, March 9, 2016: The days are getting longer, and signs of spring are starting to appear in the Kootenays. Before long it will have changed from ski season to gardening season. The horticulture industry has been recognized as a key pathway for invasive species introduction and spread.

Q&A: Conservationists debate ‘invasive species’ vs. ‘non-native’ labels

CBC News, March 3, 2016, by Torah Kachur:  The term "invaders" doesn't quite conjure up feelings of welcome or belonging. But some biologists are trying to change the perception of biological invaders — and instead want us to think of them as migrants searching for the right place to live. CBC Radio science columnist Torah Kachur looks at the debate about how we view invasive species.

Invasive species blamed as second biggest cause of extinctions

New Scientist, Feb. 17, 2016: Alien invaders are the second biggest cause of species extinctions, according to a new study, but not everyone is convinced. The role invaders play in wiping out native species has long been a bone of contention for conservationists.

Students join battle against mussels

Vernon Morning Star, Feb. 21, 2016: A group of youth fears the Okanagan, as we know it, could disappear. Students at Vernon Community School have launched a campaign to raise awareness about quagga and zebra mussels and the negative impact they could create for local lakes, recreation and the economy.

7 tips for limiting the spread of invasive species in your pastures

Beef Magazine, Feb. 24, 2016 by Amanda Radke: In addition to National FFA Week, it’s also National Invasive Species Awareness Week, and while it may seem this one is not worth getting too excited about, invasive species are a big problem and it’s a good time to remind land managers about their role in limiting the spread of non-native plants, animals and microorganisms.

New Google Earth Engine tool maps threats to sage grouse habitat in Western States

Blue Mountain Eagle, Feb. 24, 2016: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the University of Montana and other partners announce a new, interactive mapping tool that, for the first time, combines layers of related data to better target invasive species damaging habitat and rangeland in Western states, according to a USDA press release.

Invasive species and the steward’s role

Nature Conservancy of Canada Blog, Feb. 25, 2016 by Bill Moses: More and more land is being conserved these days by various conservation groups. This is a good thing, but coming with that is a responsibility to protect and manage that land. Unless there are local offices, the most efficient way to carry out this responsibility is through a stewardship system.

Unprecedented scientific report says bees and other pollinators are in dire need of help

The Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2016, by Chelsea Harvey: Around the world, the animals that pollinate our food crops — over 20,000 species of bees, butterflies, bats and many others — are the subject of growing attention. An increasing number of pollinator species are thought to be in decline, threatened by a variety of mostly human pressures, and their struggles could pose significant risks for global food security and public health.

Wild boars, feral pigs: double dose of destruction

Radio Canada International (RCI), Feb. 4, 2016, by Marc Montgomery: It’s a growing concern for farmers and conservationists from Ontario westward to British Columbia. As the numbers of wild boars and feral pigs grow, so to does the damage they are doing to crops and land, livestock, and other wildlife.

Invasive species harm environment, economy

Times Colonist, Jan. 31, 2016, by Monique Keiran: She had moved to the area only the year before, lured by the climate, the year-round greenery and Victoria’s reputation as a city of flowers. Her new home included a garden, with one rocky section that saw little sun. Moss would thrive there, but she wanted something more dramatic.

Upper Township Committee asks for ordinance banning invasive plants

Shore News Today, Feb. 8, 2016: UPPER TOWNSHIP – An ordinance banning new plantings of invasive plant species in Upper Township, and requiring property owners to contain existing plants, is being drafted and could be up for introduction soon by Upper Township Committee.

Drones, dogs helping battle invasive species in B.C.

Toronto Star/Canadian Press, Feb. 3, 2016 by Tamsyn Burgmann: RICHMOND, B.C.—Field technicians on the hunt for invasive species used to go on foot, by canoe or relied on satellite photographs taken from outer space. But an ecologist who dispatched a drone to detect invaders in a British Columbia wildlife area is now recommending more remote-controlled robots do the difficult work.

Dogs, drones help detect invasive species

BC Local News (Black Press), Feb. 3, 2016, by Jeff Nagel: Dogs, drones and DNA testing are emerging as new tools to detect invasive species and keep them from becoming entrenched in B.C.

Battling invasive species? Release the hounds (and drones)

Vancouver Sun, by Larry Pynn, Feb. 2, 2016: Dogs and drones are the latest weapons in the fight against invasive species, a global problem estimated to cause more than $1 trillion in harm annually to terrestrial and aquatic landscapes.

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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May is Invasive Species Action Month in BC to take action on invasive species

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 1, 2016, Williams Lake, BC—Preventing and stopping the spread of harmful invasive species in BC requires the involvement of all British Columbians, which is why the BC government and the Invasive Species Council of BC have declared the entire month of May as Invasive Species Action Month. By working together and being vigilant, we can stop invasive species from threatening BC’s environment, economy and society.

Invasive Species Action Month Photo Contest 2016

May is Invasive Species Month in BC and now's your chance to show us your best photo of taking action on invasive plants or animals, or highlighting a key invasive species in your community, and win some great prizes, including a Go Pro camera!

Leaders in managing invasive species gather to find new ways to stop the spread of invasives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Feb. 2, 2016—RICHMOND, BC—Federal, provincial, municipal, and First Nations representatives, along with regional invasive species committees, community organizations, and industry groups from across British Columbia are gathering this week in Richmond to discuss ways to prevent, control and manage invasive species that affect BC’s economy, environment and society. The 11th annual forum, INVASIVES 2016, features workshops, discussions, learning sessions, and updates on what groups around the province and in other jurisdictions are doing to target invasive species. 

BC gardeners can now be PlantWise on the go with new mobile app and website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 15, 2015, Williams Lake, BC—BC gardeners and landscapers planning for next year’s gardens can now use their mobile devices to find out which plants are non-invasive, as the popular PlantWise program today launched a user-friendly mobile app and website to help British Columbians make wise choices to stop the spread of invasive species.

Less invasive plants is good news for BC ranchers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Aug. 27, 2015, Williams Lake—This season hard-working crews are controlling and stopping the spread of some priority invasive plants in BC's interior—good news for local ranchers. 

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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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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