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Invasive Species Action Month

We encourage you to join local events and learn more about the invasive plants and animals that are causing concern in your community - bcinvasivesmonth.com 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 »

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 »

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 »

Orange Hawkweed

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

News on Invasives

Invasive species a threat in every corner of B.C.

Vancouver Sun, June 25, 2015, by Randy Shore: Dozens of non-native invasive plants and animals are established in British Columbia, arriving on the wind, in nursery plants, soil and on improperly cleaned boats. Invasives are more than a nuisance, costing millions in crop losses, ruined infrastructure and threatening natural biodiversity, according to the Invasive Species Council of B.C.

More funding to nip spread of invasive plants in the bud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 24, 2015—Quesnel: The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has committed an additional $2.25 million over the next three years to reduce the spread of invasive species in B.C.

Over $2 Million to Combat Invasive Plants in B.C.

KelownaNow, June 24, 2015 by Cassandra Jeffery: The spread of invasive plants will be nipped in the bud thanks to a $2.25 million investment from the provincial government.

It may be pretty but the leafy, green Japanese plant knotweed is targeted for elimination in Nanaimo

Nanaimo Daily News, June 18, 2015, by Darrell Bellaart: It may be pretty but the leafy, green Japanese plant knotweed is targeted for elimination in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

Okanagan-bound boat caught and decontaminated for possible invasive mussel threat

Infonews.ca, June 18, 2015, by Adam Proskiw—KELOWNA: Conservation officers in Kelowna decontaminated a boat June 18th which came to the Okanagan from an Ontario lake known to be infested with invasive mussels.

Environmental Defence applauds Government of Canada’s new invasive species regulations

Environmental Defence Statement, June 18, 2015—Toronto, ON: Environmental Defence applauds the Government of Canada for new regulations that would protect Canadian waters from dangerous aquatic invasive species like Asian carp and zebra mussels. 

Early start for milfoil in Okanagan causing trouble

Kelowna Capital News, June 20, 2015: Just as tourists start to flood into the Okanagan for the start of beach season, the invasive aquatic weed, Eurasian Watermilfoil has decided to make an early appearance in valley lakes.

Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Has Already Begun: Study

KelownaNow/World News, June 21, 2015, by Stacy Penner: A new study declares that a mass extinction is already in the works. The researchers behind a new study are calling for action to conserve threatened species, populations, and habitat, but they warn that the opportunity is already closing. 

Government of Canada Announces New Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations

Government of Canada News Release, June 17, 2015—Ottawa: The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced that new regulations to strengthen the prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Canadian waters have come into force.

Invasive Aquatic Weed Makes an Early Appearance in Okanagan Lakes

Kelowna Now, June 16, 2015 by Cassandra Jeffery: A pesky and invasive aquatic weed has decided to set up camp a little early in Okanagan waters, causing a plethora of problems for beach goers and aquatic life alike.

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