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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

Sixth Grader’s Lionfish Research Changing Florida’s Ecosystem

Jul. 22, 2014

Nature World News, July 21, 2014, by Jenna Iacurci: Florida's ecosystem may be undergoing some major changes thanks to sixth-grader Lauren Arrington's research on lionfish, an invasive species.

Invasive species bylaw to keep harmful plants out of Whistler

Jul. 22, 2014

Whistler Question, July 21, 2014, by Alyssa Noel: Whistler residents could now face fines for having invasive plant species on their properties.

Province, feds working to hold back mussel invasion

Jul. 22, 2014

Abbotsford News/Cranbrooke Daily Townsman, July 11, 2014, by Arne Petryshen: Back in late April, council decided to put its support behind a move to prevent invasive mussels from entering B.C.’s lakes and streams.

Weed wars enter summer phase in Nanaimo

Jul. 17, 2014

Nanaimo Daily News, July 12, 2014, by Darrell Bellaart: Progress was made this year to control invasive plants, both by volunteers and city contractors.

Dozens of Invasive Giant African Snails Intercepted at LAX

Jul. 17, 2014

CBS Los Angeles, July 14, 2014: The United States Customs and Border Protection said Monday that agriculture specialists at Los Angeles International Airport intercepted 67 invasive snails in an air cargo shipment, officials said.

Snapping turtle found on Alberni-area logging road

Jul. 17, 2014

Alberni Valley Times, July 15, 2014, by Carli Barry: Grant Taylor was riding his bike when he came across what he thought was a large rock on the side of the road. The rock, upon closer inspection, turned out to be a massive turtle.

Effort to eradicate invasive fire ants faces tough slog in B.C.

Jul. 17, 2014

Vancouver Sun, July 11, 2014, by Randy Shore: Efforts to assess the full extent of B.C.’s European fire ant infestations are being frustrated by homeowners who refuse access to workers sent to confirm their presence.

Creekers offer to manually treat knotweed

Jul. 17, 2014

Sunshine Coast Reporter, July 10, 2014, by John Gleeson: A group in Roberts Creek has offered to create a test site at Henderson Beach for eradicating Japanese knotweed without the use of chemicals.

Cranbrook tour will highlight regional invasive plant programs

Jul. 10, 2014

Cranbrook Daily TownsmanHave you wondered what programs are in place to deal with invasive plants and noxious weeds in the region? If so, the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council will be offering a chance to get your questions answered, as it will be putting on a tour of invasive plant treatment sites in the region later this month.

Victoria Harbour’s last Garry oak meadow rescued

Jul. 10, 2014

Victoria Times Colonist, by Sarah Petrescu: The last Garry oak meadow on Victoria’s harbour is quietly protected by a small group of volunteers who pull and lop invasive plants in the Matson Conservation Area near the Westsong Walkway.

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