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Invasive Species Research Conference

Turning Science into Action! Co-hosted by Thompson Rivers University and the Invasive Species Council of BC. learn more »

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 »

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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 »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested 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 »

News from ISCBC

Stay informed with ISC news releases and announcements.

Updates from ISCBC’s Special Members Meeting Nov 2016

ISCBC held a Special Members Meeting on November 24th, 2016. At this meeting, new bylaws were approved with unanimous support. Key parts in the bylaws include changes to membership, Board structure and Director Nomination.

British Columbia and Alberta Invasive Species Councils and PNWER issue call to action on mussels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 23, 2016,  Williams Lake, BC - The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia and the Alberta Invasive Species Council are sounding alarm bells about an impending threat from invasive mussels to British Columbia after these highly-damaging species were confirmed in Montana this month. The organizations are calling on authorities to inspect every boat entering British Columbia to prevent an infestation. The three organizations will hold an Emergency ‘Call to Action’ meeting Dec. 9 in Vancouver with leaders in Western Canada to map out next steps to prevent serious ecological and economic damage.

Invasive Species Action Month Photo Contest 2016 Winners

We Have Winners!

Invasive Species Action Month Photo Contest

Many thanks to all those who entered in the Invasive Species Council of BC’s first Invasive Species Action Month Photo Contest, held during Invasive Species Action Month, May 2016. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from the ISCBC’s Communications Committee. The judges had a real challenge in choosing winners, as there were many excellent submissions.

Two winners were selected and each was presented with a Go Pro camera! Several photos were also selected for honorable mention.

Don’t Let It Loose! Don’t Release Classroom Animals and Plants into the Wild

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 17, 2016, Williams Lake, BC—As the school year comes to a close, the Invasive Species Council of BC is asking teachers and parents not to release classroom pets, insects, fish or aquarium plants into the wild.

ISCBC applauds Province and partners for increasing funding to stop spread of invasive mussels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 31, 2016, Williams Lake, BC—The Invasive Species Council of BC is applauding the BC Government’s announcement yesterday of increased funding for the invasive mussel defence program and permanent boat inspection stations at major entry points along BC’s borders.

Cariboo rancher honoured for pioneering work to make BC a leader in invasive species management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 4, 2016, Williams Lake, BC—The Invasive Species Council of BC congratulates one of its founders, Duncan Barnett, for his recognition by the Governor General of Canada with a Caring Canadian Award.

Leaders in managing invasive species gather to find new ways to stop the spread of invasives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Feb. 2, 2016—RICHMOND, BC—Federal, provincial, municipal, and First Nations representatives, along with regional invasive species committees, community organizations, and industry groups from across British Columbia are gathering this week in Richmond to discuss ways to prevent, control and manage invasive species that affect BC’s economy, environment and society. The 11th annual forum, INVASIVES 2016, features workshops, discussions, learning sessions, and updates on what groups around the province and in other jurisdictions are doing to target invasive species. 

BC gardeners can now be PlantWise on the go with new mobile app and website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 15, 2015, Williams Lake, BC—BC gardeners and landscapers planning for next year’s gardens can now use their mobile devices to find out which plants are non-invasive, as the popular PlantWise program today launched a user-friendly mobile app and website to help British Columbians make wise choices to stop the spread of invasive species.

BC garden stores, growers and landscapers commit to being PlantWise and stop selling invasive plants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Oct. 14, 2015, Williams Lake—A growing number of B.C. gardening retailers, growers and landscapers have committed to stop selling invasive species by signing on as PlantWise industry partners this year. 

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. 

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