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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

Foreign snails invading King County

KING5 News, Sept. 23, 2014, by Gary Chittim: SEATTLE—An invasive and non-native snail has spread from one creek to several in King County over the last five years.

Goats curb invasive marsh grass

Phys.org, Sept. 25, 2014: Herbivores may be the most effective way to combat the spread of one of the most invasive plants now threatening East Coast salt marshes, a new Duke University-led study finds.

BC Invasive Plant Survey - Take it Today!

As part of a research study by Elaine Lum, who is working towards her Master’s Degree at Miami University, an invasive plant survey has been developed in cooperation with the Invasive Species Council of BC to help measure the level of knowledge of invasive plants in gardeners across British Columbia. Volunteers are needed to take the 10 minute survey. 

Study finds warming Atlantic temperatures could increase range of invasive species

Phys.org, Sept. 15, 2014: A research study of reefs in North Calorina finds warming Atlantic temperatures could increase range of invasive species. The North Carolina reefs lie within the temperate-tropical transition zone, where historically, both temperate and tropical species live, at their respective range limits. However, water temperatures in the zone are becoming more tropical, making it an important place to detect climate changes and its impacts.

Hungry caterpillar? U of T researchers enlist tiny ally in fight against invasive plant species

University of Toronto News, Sept. 10, 2014, by Dominic Ali and Don Campbell: Dog-strangling vine now invading Canadian cities may meet its match in the Hypena caterpillar.

US, Canada team up to combat invasive asian carp in Lake Erie

Autoworldnews.com, Sept. 8, 2014, by Jordan Ecarma: American and Canadian wildlife officials are collaborating to fight an invasion of Asian carp in western Lake Erie with a field exercise planned for this week.

BC begins mussel inspections

Castanet.net, Sept. 5, 2014, by Ragnar Haagen: The provincial government recently announced they have stepped up inspection enforcement of boats possibly containing either zebra or quagga mussels.

United front needed to fight invasive species: group

24Hrs Vancouver, Sept. 4, 2014, by Jane Deacon: A lack of co-ordination is leaving Metro Vancouver at serious risk of invasive species — a problem the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver hopes to fight with a new region-wide strategy.

Targeting invasive species

Salmon Arm Observer, Aug. 29, 2014: Invasive species threaten our environment and economy. These species include plants that spread quickly, reduce native biodiversity and can be harmful to human and animal health. The Shuswap Trail Alliance and the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society are partnering to protect local trails.

Inter-province communication helped stop boats from bringing invasive species into BC waters

ISCBC News Release, August 28, 2014: WILLIAMS LAKE — The Invasive Species Council of BC today applauded actions by Alberta and BC which ensured that boats being moved from Lake Ontario to Victoria last weekend were stopped and inspected for zebra mussels, proving that inter-province cooperation to prevent the spread of aquatic species is working.

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