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2015 Award Winners

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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

Study finds why the invasive weed kochia is like a cockroach of the plant world

Phys.org, Kansas State University, Feb. 19, 2015: Mithila Jugulam, assistant professor of agronomy, led a study that looked at how kochia—invasive weed populations that are taking over crops and non-crop areas in western Kansas and the Great Plains—evolved resistance to the most used herbicide glyphosate, more commonly known as Roundup Weed Killer. 

Largest Private Wetland Restoration Project in BC Opens in Meadow Creek

The Nelson Daily, by Eva Brownstein, Feb. 22, 2015: Meadow Creek resident and environmentalist Terry Halleran recently completed five wetland ponds on his property in North Kootenay Lake Country. This project carries a certain precedent considering the size of the project and that it is all happening on private land.

Discovery: Tropical fire ants traveled the world on 16th century ships

EurekaAlert (Science News), Feb. 18, 2015: CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Thanks to a bit of genetic sleuthing, researchers now know the invasion history of the tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata), the first ant species known to travel the globe by sea.

Invasive Species Dramatically Alter Landscapes

Purdue University & University of Kentucky, Dec. 12, 2014: Invasive plant and animal species can cause dramatic and enduring changes to the geography and ecology of landscapes, a study from Purdue Univ. and the Univ. of Kentucky shows.

Getting here is more than half the battle for invasive species, UWindsor study finds

OurWindsor.ca, Dec. 15, 2014: Foreign species hoping to survive a trans-oceanic voyage prefer the fastest route from port to port, a new study by a UWindsor researcher has found.

Myrt Thompson trail to undergo soil experiment

Campbell River Mirror, Jan. 29, 2014: Greenways Land Trust, the City of Campbell River, the Campbell River Indian Band and Renuable Resources are collaborating on an experimental project this week to improve the soils along the Myrt Thompson trail in preparation for planting this fall.

Amazon River threatened by Golden mussel invasion

CTV News/Associated Press Feb. 5, 2015, by Jenny Barchfield: RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- The world's mightiest waterway, the Amazon River, is threatened by the most diminutive of foes -- a tiny mussel invading from China.

Lieutenant Governor sponsors youth environment program

Maple Ridge News, Jan. 7, 2015, by Tom Fletcher: VICTORIA – Inspired by her holistic ranching background, Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon has launched a province-wide environmental education program for high school teachers and youth leaders.

New law needed to fight invaders

Victoria Times Colonist (Editorial), Jan. 23, 2015 : In considering the heroes and villains among Vancouver Island’s early European settlers, Capt. Walter Colquhon Grant would definitely fall in the latter category. It was he who gets the credit for introducing Scotch broom to the Island.

Modified Sowing Patterns Control Weed Growth Naturally

International Business Times, Jan. 19, 2015 by Jenny Michelle Panganiban: Pest control is integral in crop production to ensure optimum yield. For many years, people have been exploring ways to protect crops from harmful insects and invasive plants. In a new study, ecologists at the University of Copenhagen's Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have demonstrated how weed control can be done more efficiently by changing seeding patterns and crop density. This technique makes crops dominate over weeds in plantations. The researcher team observed how sowing wheat and corn in grid patterns restrained weed growth.

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