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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

B.C. leads the fight against invasive mussels

KELOWNA – The Province is expanding its fight against invasive mussels with a $1.3-million boost toward early detection and rapid response. Although these invasive species have never been detected in British Columbia, this program expansion increases protection of B.C.’s lakes and rivers against the threat of quagga and zebra mussels. 

‘You and I can stop the spread of invasive plant species in Canada’

Georgia Straight (BLOG), Mar. 11, 2015, by Albert Liu, Enoch Weng, and Mark Tan: The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Right now at this very moment, unbeknownst to you, we are under the threat of an alien invasion. 

Vernon company receives top recognition for harvesting an invasive species

Vernon Morning Star, Mar. 15, 2015: Harvesting an invasive species and turning it into fish food is making big waves for a Vernon company.

Cutting-edge tool to help predict impact of invasive species

Phys.org, Mar. 19, 2015: Researchers at the University of Waterloo have published results of a powerful new tool that could give ecologists new ways of tackling problems posed by deadly invasive species like Asian carp and Zebra mussels.

USDA provides $57.9 million to protect agriculture and plants from pests and diseases

Imperial Valley News, Mar. 19, 2015, by CDFA: Washington, DC - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $57.9 million in funding, provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), to support project suggestions from across the country to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests, diseases and pathogens, as well as to ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States.

Cane toad has surprise effect on Australian ecosystem

New Scientist, Mar. 20, 2015, Michael Slezak: The toxic cane toad introduced to Australia in the 1930s is causing ripples through the ecosystem in ways rarely seen when invasive species spread.

Delayed at Vancouver’s airport? Blame the ‘impressive fire ant’

National Post, Mar. 19, 2015, by Kelly Sinoski: The invasive fire ant continues to spread in the Lower Mainland, wreaking havoc on Vancouver airport runways and forcing CP Rail to burn the soil on the Arbutus corridor in attempts to eradicate them.

New Invasive Species Website Provides Information to Protect Canada’s Forests and Green Spaces

Newswire, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Mar. 24, 2015: The Invasive Species Centre has launched a comprehensive new website on invasive species in Canada's forests. 

New Asian ‘Tsunami Fish’ Causes a Stir with Oregon Coast Scientists

thebeachconnection.net, Mar. 2, 2015: Newport, Oregon—The Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will be the next home for what appears to be yet another tsunami fish found on the Oregon coast. Called the knifejaw, this unusual fish is believed to have come overseas from its native waters off Japan and Korea, probably carried along by tsunami debris from the 2011 earthquake in Japan. 

Fernie council discusses invasive plant strategy

The Free Press, Mar. 5, 2015, by Katelyn Dingman: During the Monday Feb. 23 council meeting, representatives from the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council (EKIPC) presented their findings to the city, noting that the City of Fernie is home to many dangerous invasive plant species.

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