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The ISC's Research and Development Committee helps coordinates research involving invasive species through events such as Research Forums, and has developed a searchable online database, the 'BC Invasive Plant Research Database.' 

The BC Invasive Plant Research Database is a searchable database where you can learn about the interesting projects and publications completed by BC researchers in recent years. Or, if you are a researcher and would like to share your project, please enter your information and share it with others! Visit the database. 

The ISC's 2nd Research Forum, “Responding to Invasive Species,” was held with successful reviews in October 2011. This two-day forum highlighted research on invasive species in BC, Canada, and North America. The forum provided an opportunity for researchers, students, academics, and invasive species managers to learn about new projects underway, and to network with the invasive species community.

Participants enjoyed presentations on the following topics: new concepts in invasion biology; biology and ecology of invasive species; social aspects of invasion; pathways of invasion; and management strategies. Overall, the diversity of speakers and participants was viewed as a highlight, along with the opportunities for networking. Conference presentations can be viewed under Resources.

Thank you to Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Environment Canada and BC Hydro for sponsoring "Responding to Invasive Species."

Participants enjoy presentations during ISC's second Research Forum, "Responding to Invasive Species."

Additional Resources

Report No. 11: A Road Map for Invasive Plant Research in BC: Where do we go from here?

In Your Words...

  • “I am impressed with the coverage of the GIS mapping data now available. I will be developing an Invasive Species Management Plan for Pacific Spirit over the next several years and these maps will help as a coarse indication of current conditions, and in guiding initial inventory and monitoring efforts.”

    Markus Merkens, Pacific Spirit Park area manager, Metro Vancouver

  • “Working with the Hot Spots crew in Saanich in 2010, we practiced different methods to treat knotweed with glyphosate using the injection gun on several sites. With these skills I was able to implement Saanich's first knotweed eradication pesticide treatment program for private properties.”

    Donna Wong, Environmental Stewardship Officer, District of Saanich

  • “Our crew has finished their work at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. I want to thank you, on behalf of Parks Canada, for providing the crew to us. They were well-trained and got a lot of important restoration work done in our nationally-important heritage areas.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • “Thank you for orchestrating access to the Hot Spots crew for GINPR.  This crew allowed us to move the restoration project on Princess Margaret ahead by months if not by years.”

    Wayne Bourque, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Parks Canada

  • "We had a great hike at Kenna Cartwright Park. The kids built a snowman and we all enjoyed the views. The outreach worker showed us some plants that don't belong in the park, gave us info about them and what to do about them, and gave us all some cool gifts from the Invasive Plant Council. Thank you!"

    Susan Hammond, Kamloops Young Naturalist Club

  • “Parks Canada and Canadians have benefited from the partnership to have on-the-ground Hot Spots crews, and we would be happy to work with a crew in the future at one of our many national parks and national historic sites that are in need of invasive plant management.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

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