Invasive species are moving across BC and Canada at a rapid pace, and are a cost of globalization. There is also debate and research being conducted on the impacts of climate change as a factor increasing this already troubling trend. Invasive species have far-reaching impacts to the BC economy, environment, and society.
To put it in perspective, in Canada, invasive species include at least 27% of all vascular plants, 181 insects, 24 birds, 26 mammals, 2 reptiles, 4 amphibians, several fungi and molluscs, and 55 freshwater fish (Source: Environment Canada).
|Orange Hawkweed infestation at Churn Creek Provincial Park. Photo: BC Parks|