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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 »

News on Invasives

Scientists: Prepare for another wave of tsunami debris

KVAL.com, Dec. 8, 2014, by Mark Floyd, OSU News & Communications: NEWPORT, Oregon – Scientists monitoring incoming tsunami debris were taken aback last spring when some 30 fishing vessels from Japan washed ashore along the Pacific Northwest coast – many of them covered in living organisms indigenous to Asia.

Wetlands more vulnerable to invasives as climate changes

Phys.org, Dec. 9, 2014: In the battle between native and invasive wetland plants, a new Duke University study finds climate change may tip the scales in favor of the invaders—but it's going to be more a war of attrition than a frontal assault.

Invasive weeds cost Oregon millions, study says

Ktvz.com (Oregon), Dec. 10, 2014: A new economic impact study says 25 of Oregon’s most significant invasive noxious weeds cause an estimated annual loss of about $83.5 million to the state’s economy, a figure that could be well over $1 billion if not for state, county and federal control efforts.

New rules to drown out invasive species from reaching B.C. waters

Penticton Western News, Dec. 8, 2014, by Joe Fries: One of the loudest advocates for federal rules to drown invasive species’ attempts to reach Okanagan lakes is cautiously optimistic about proposed regulations announced Friday. At the heart of the new rules is a list of prohibited species, including zebra and quagga mussels, and new powers for fisheries officers and border guards to block anyone who attempts to bring the invaders into Canada.

New biological herbicide can control cheatgrass

Beefmagazine.com, Dec. 3, 2014: Verdesian Life Sciences, LLC announces a new product that will soon give rangeland managers and growers of cereal crops, grass seed, alfalfa access to a new biological herbicide for suppression of downy brome, commonly known as cheatgrass.

Federal Government Announces Invasive Species Regulations

Kelowna Now, Dec. 5, 2014: The federal government has announced proposed regulations to help in the fight against aquatic invasive species.

Harper Government Takes New Measures to Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species

Fisheries & Oceans Canada News Release, Dec. 5, 2014 (LONDON, ON): The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, joined by MPs Dave Van Kesteren, Pat Davidson, Bev Shipley and Joe Preston, today announced a significant step in safeguarding Canada's waterways from the spread of aquatic invasive species. Similar events were also held today in Kelowna, British Columbia, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Researchers explore using wasp to halt the advance of an invasive plant

Phys.org, Nov. 25, 2014: The bud-galling wasp may be just a few millimetres long, but some scientists believe this small insect could solve a big European problem. They want to use the wasp – Trichilogaster acaciaelongifoliae – to halt the advance of an invasive plant that is ravaging the environment along the Portuguese coastline.

Fight against Asian carp includes Ontario anglers, hunters

CBC News, Nov. 27, 2014: The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the latest group to join the fight to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Record North Pacific temperatures threatening B.C. marine species

CBC News, Nov. 21, 2014: The North Pacific Ocean is setting record high temperatures this year and raising concerns about the potential impact on cold water marine species along the B.C. coast, including salmon.

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