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Fall Garden Clean-Up: Proper Disposal of Invasive Plants

Are There Dangers In Your Garden?

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Watch for invasive plants when you're out boating this summer - You can be part of the solution!

Are invasive plants taking over your yard this summer?

Invasive Plants are Beautiful, but Harmful Bullies of Biodiversity

The Impacts of Invasive Plants in BC: Why are they a Problem?

Economic Impacts of Invasive Plants in BC

The History of Invasive Plants in BC: How did they get here?


This Invasive Species of the Week was launched as part of the New Zealand Invasive Species Specialist Group initiative to raise awareness of the impacts of invasive species on native biodiversity and threatened ecosystems. Click on the image to receive a factsheet (PDF) on the species featured. Not all species highlighted here are invasive in British Columbia; however, there may be some in common, so check back!

In Your Words...

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • "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

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