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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:

Superbug released to fight Japanese Knotweed

Western Morning News (UK), Sept. 23, 2015: A superbug has been imported to Britain and released in the hope of stopping the rampant spread of one of the biggest garden menaces - Japanese Knotweed.

National Forest Week: Mountain Pine Beetle Fire Facts

Invasive Species Centre, Sept. 22, 2015: It's National Forest Week September 20 to 26, 2015. At one time, wildfires controlled Mountain Pine Beetle naturally, but modern fire suppression efforts have increased Mountain Pine Beetle spread. Learn all the facts on Mountain Pine Beetle.

Pitcher Plant Pitches In Against Invasive Hornet

Canada Free Press, Sept. 21, 2015, by Wes Porter: By a strange turn of fate, Canada’s Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea, is assisting France in its battle the invasive and aggressive Asia hornet.

Invasive Species Threatens U.S. Tomato Crops

Labratory Equipment/Virginia Tech, Sept. 22, 2015: The rapid spread of a highly destructive invasive species that threatens tomato crops has prompted a Virginia Tech scientist to lead the charge in issuing a set of recommendations, including quarantine measures, designed to thwart the advance of the pest around the globe.

Portland students join the fight against invasive aquatic species

Portland Forecaster, Sept. 21, 2015 by Colin Ellis: PORTLAND — When the Department of Environmental Protection called for help, seventh-graders at King Middle School answered. The DEP asked a group of students at the school to build 35 submersible, remotely operated vehicles to investigate invasive species of aquatic plants. 

Greater sage grouse protection rejected by federal government

Oregonlive.com/The Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2015, by BILLINGS, Mont. —The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections following a costly effort to reverse the species' decline without reshaping the region's economy.

Invasives for sale in East Kootenay

Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Aug. 26, 2015, by Barry Coulter: It may strike one as surreal, but in the midst of an on-going awareness campaign about invasive species and an on-going battle against them, some of these species are for sale to gardeners in the East Kootenay.

Frogs, salamanders take another hit on road to migration

Sooke News Mirror, Sept. 16, 2015: Juvenile frogs and amphibians are hitting the road for their fall migration. But what’s hitting them? Habitat Acquisition Trust is asking for the public’s help to report any observations of frogs and salamanders crossings this fall, to help it identify the major problem sites, and develop a mitigation plan for reducing this impact.

Invasive Species and Climate Change: Eurasian Cuckoos Cross the Bering Strait

Nature World News, by Samantha Mathewson, Sept. 17, 2015: Eurasian birds are invading North America, and it is having a negative effect on native species. According to a University of Tennessee at Knoxville study, warming climates allow various species to get closer to and even cross the Bering Strait--that natural barrier, roughly 50 miles wide, that connects the Pacific and Arctic oceans between Russia and Alaska.

Eating down the weeds with goats

Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Sept. 1, 2015 by Carolyn Grant: This past summer, a unique noxious weed trial involving target-grazing goats was performed on the St. Mary Band lands.

Invasive species under review in Powell River

Powell River Peak, by Paul Galinski, Sept. 2, 2015: City of Powell River Council will be receiving a report recommending a concerted effort be made and long-term funding be allocated to controlling invasive species.

Invasive plants in Cranbrook

Kootenay News Advertiser, Sept. 4, 2015: Invasive plants are all around the City of Cranbrook and can pose a serious threat to wildlife, the economy, recreation and the environment.

Invasive Rabbits Change the Soil so Drastically you Can See the Effects Decades Later

Smithsonian.com, Sept. 9, 2015 by Marissa Fessenden: The phrase "breed like rabbits" does have a basis in biological fact: Rabbits are pretty good at reaching sexual maturity quickly and producing a lot of offspring. That’s why the little critters can create big problems when they reach a land where they weren’t meant to be. Rabbits, though cute, are some of the world’s worst invasive species.

Knotweed sparks concern in White Rock

Peace Arch News, Sept. 10, 2015, by Melissa Smalley: Despite concerns from residents who have spotted Japanese knotweed around White Rock, staff say eradication efforts over the past two years have been successful at working towards getting rid of the invasive plant.

Aquatic Invasive Species Forum in Columbia Shuswap

Vernon Morning Star, Sept. 13, 2015: Keynote speakers and provincial and regional representatives will be gathering at an aquatic invasive species forum. The Columbia-Shuswap Invasive Species Society will hold a discussion on aquatic invasive species initiatives Sept. 22 in Salmon Arm.

Gaining ground in fight against Naramata’s fire ants

Penticton - InfoTel News, Sept. 4, 2015, by Steve Arstad: NARAMATA - A biologist from Thompson Rivers University has made some progress in his battle to stop an invasive species of fire ant from gaining a foot hold in the South Okanagan.

Partnerships help to keep down invasive plants in Kootenay region

Kootenay News Advertiser, Sept. 4, 2015: It is inspiring to see what can be achieved when various groups get together for a common goal. We all appreciate the natural beauty, biodiversity, and resources in the East Kootenay region and we all need to protect these values. Invasive plants are a threat to our environment, economy, and social aspects, but we need to work collaboratively to effectively manage these weeds.

Close Call: Invasive Zebra Mussels Detected and Removed

The Rossland Telegraph, Aug. 27, 2015: We all know the saying “One bad apple can spoil the bunch”; well, one mussel­‐infested boat can devastate a province! It was a close call for BC waterways last week when a boat carrying zebra mussels was detected and decontaminated in Kelowna by one of six provincial Conservation Officer Service roving boat inspection crews.

Drought-stricken forests in B.C., Alberta face new threat from insects

Globe and Mail, Aug. 16, 2015: As much of Western Canada faces worsening drought, the region’s forests are drying out – and as the trees dehydrate, they make sounds that attract the kinds of insects that can then kill them off, says a scientist who has studied the phenomenon.

Goat herd munches away at weeds

Vernon Morning Star, Aug. 17, 2015: There are some baaaaaaaad weed problems in the Thompson-Okanagan region, and one couple in their 60s have turned to herbivores instead of herbicides to deal with the problem.

Your backyard nightmare: false bamboo is true knotweed

Revelstoke Mountaineer, Aug. 13, 2015 by Emily Spiler, Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society: Take a look out your back door to check for this invader. Knotweed is an incredibly invasive perennial, and is classified as “noxious” under the BC Weed Control Act.

Students create tool to stop pests in their tracks

Phys.org, Aug. 5, 2015: Now there is a new tool to help in the fight against these non-native pests, developed by three college students during their summer research program at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).

City report tackles invasive species

Campbell River Mirror, Aug. 6, 2015, by Kristen Douglas: City staff are recommending city council implement a $40,000 invasive plant plan to help control and eradicate invasive species such as Scotch broom.

High hopes for fishing of invasive green crabs

CBC News, Aug. 13, 2015: P.E.I.'s first commercial green crab fishery is underway. Fourteen fishermen have been granted licences from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to fish this invasive species until mid-November.

Dangerous plant taking root

Coast Reporter, Aug. 15, 2015, by Christine Wood: There’s an invasive plant trying to take root on the Coast that produces a highly toxic sap that can cause burns, blisters and even blindness.

Weeding out knotweed

Salmon Arm Observer, Aug. 7, 2015: Shuswap residents are encouraged to be on the lookout for, and help remove knotweed.

Campaign to educate Pembertonians about the five worst weeds for farmers

Whistler Question, Aug. 10, 2015, by Alyssa Noel: The Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council (SSISC), along with the Pemberton Farmer’s Institute and the Pemberton Seed Potato Growers Association, are aiming to spread that message to non-farming locals with a new campaign that’s set to launch on Thursday Aug. 13th.

Researchers develop fast test for invasive carp

Phys.org, Aug. 11, 2015: A Case Western Reserve University graduate student turned a research paper into a field test that quickly determines whether an Asian carp invading Lake Erie is sterile or can reproduce.

Ranchers bring concerns to RDEK

Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Aug. 11, 2015, by Trevor Crawley: Representatives from the agricultural industry brought their concerns over invasive weeds to the RDEK and asked for the enforcement of a bylaw that would allow local government to clear noxious weeds on private property.

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.

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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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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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 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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