Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

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Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations 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 »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting 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 »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Yellow Hawkweed

Also orange, 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! 

BC Invasive Species Week was held across the province June 9-15th, with many farmers markets display booths, oral presentations, and information provided at boat launches and more! Invasive Species Week is about increasing awareness of the harmful effects of invasive species, preventing their spread, and celebrating our province's biodiversity. Thank you for participating! Visit to learn more.

Province, feds working to hold back mussel invasion

Jul. 22, 2014

Abbotsford News/Cranbrooke Daily Townsman, July 11, 2014, by Arne Petryshen: Back in late April, council decided to put its support behind a move to prevent invasive mussels from entering B.C.’s lakes and streams.

Snapping turtle found on Alberni-area logging road

Jul. 17, 2014

Alberni Valley Times, July 15, 2014, by Carli Barry: Grant Taylor was riding his bike when he came across what he thought was a large rock on the side of the road. The rock, upon closer inspection, turned out to be a massive turtle.

Giant Hogweed invades New West

Jul. 8, 2014

New Westminster News Leader, by Grant Granger: What Charlotte Barton saw as the SkyTrain pulled into the 22nd Street Station one afternoon has the city issuing a warning to area residents.

Noisy boats help spread invasive pests

Jul. 7, 2014

ABC Science, by Christopher Doyle: Increasing noise pollution in harbours and ports may contribute to the global spread of invasive pest species, research has found.

Kudzu can release soil carbon, accelerate global warming

Jul. 2, 2014 Clemson University scientists are shedding new light on how invasion by exotic plant species affects the ability of soil to store greenhouse gases. The research could have far-reaching implications for how we manage agricultural land and native ecosystems.

Communications Framework for BC

Jun. 2, 2014

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

Jun. 1, 2014

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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Clean Drain Dry Events around BC

Jul. 8, 2014

Look for our staff this summer at different locations across BC as they share information and resources about how to Clean Drain Dry your boat and equipment. You can make a difference to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species!

PlantWise Events around BC

Jul. 8, 2014

Look for our staff this summer at different locations across BC as they share information and resources about how to be 'PlantWise.' You can make a difference to stop the spread of invasive species!

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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 consumer understanding of the problems caused by invasive species, increasing demand for non-invasive plants, and to support the industry’s transition to becoming free of invasive species.

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