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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 learn more »

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 »

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 on Invasives

It’s summertime, and relocating invasive species is easy

THE PROVINCE; July 3, 2017 by Glenda Luymes: It’s summer in B.C. and an army of invading plants and animals is on the move. Hitching a ride on ATV tires, trailing from boat motors and enticing novice gardeners, the invaders’ advance is swift and stealthy. It’s also deadly. “Summer in B.C. is the time for recreation and gardening — and both are key pathways for invasive species,” said Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council of B.C.

Fussee Lake and New Lake closed to sport fishing

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; For Immediate Release; July 5, 2017; CRANBROOK – Fussee Lake and New Lake in the East Kootenays have been closed to sport fishing until further notice due to the illegal introduction of invasive fish species, including largemouth bass (Fussee Lake) and yellow perch (New Lake).

Invasive Species Could Cost Washington Businesses, Agencies $1.3 Billion

Washington Government News Release, Jan. 12, 2017 - OLYMPIA – A new report released today pegs the economic impact of 23 of the most damaging invasive species in Washington at $1.3 billion a year and a loss of 8,000 jobs, if there’s no prevention, according to the Washington Invasive Species Council.

Northern Pike causing concern as it moves into B.C. waters

The Globe and Mail, Published Oct 2, 2016; Mark Hume, VANCOUVER BC - When Dan Doutaz hears a ping in his headphones coming from the watery depths of the Columbia River, he enters another data point on the continued invasion of an unwanted species. Northern pike – a ravenous, predatory fish that is expected to have devastating impact on native salmon and trout populations – are making their way into southern British Columbia. It is the latest of several invasive species that have been spreading across the province, triggering concerns about ecosystem changes.

Agriculture Canada releases moth to eat invasive ‘dog-strangling vine’

The invasive weed, dog-strangling vine may have met its match. Researchers from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), University of Toronto, Carleton University (CU), the University of Rhode Island (URI), Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux International (CABI), and the forest management company Silv-Econ Ltd are investigating a new biological control agent with potential for managing dog strangling vine, the caterpillar Hypena opulenta.

B.C. joins western Canadian fight against invasive species

B.C. Government News, June 6, 2016: The Province is joining forces with neighbouring jurisdictions in the fight against invasive species, including zebra and quagga mussels.

Western Canada unites in fight against invasive species

Alberta Environment & Parks, June 6, 2016: A joint agreement among Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon tightens the grip on invasive species.

House measure supports shippers on ballast water dumping

The Province, May 24, 2016, by John Flesher: TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels, which have wreaked economic havoc from the Great Lakes to the West Coast.

Vernon MLA Report: Invasive species must be stopped

Vernon Morning Star, May 25, 2016 by Erin Foster: Invasive species are unwelcome intruders on the natural environment we hold dear.

Indian Head Man Snags Record Breaking 18.42 Pound Snakehead

Southern Maryland Online, Annapolis, May 26, 2016: Emory (Dutch) Baldwin III from Indian Head, and his regular bow-hunting partner Franklin Shotwell were wrapping up a night of stalking northern snakehead from Baldwin's boat along the Maryland side of the Potomac River when they decided to check the flats near Marshall Hall to see if the blue catfish had moved up into the grass. 

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