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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 learn more »

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 »

Orange Hawkweed

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

News on Invasives

B.C. provides $1.7 million in grants to fight invasive plants

BC GOVERNMENT NEWS, April 22, 2016: The B.C. government is distributing over $1.7 million in new grants to help control the spread of invasive plants in the province, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and Parliamentary Secretary Donna Barnett announced today.

Don’t let invasive plants take root

Agassiz-Harrison Observer, March 10, 2016, by Jane Kivett (BLOG): This is the time of year when the days get longer and the sun is higher that gardeners start to get excited.

Environmental, emotional impact from Japanese tsunami still felt in B.C.

Global News, March 11, 2016 by Yuliya Talmazan, VANCOUVER — It has been five years since a magnitude-9.0 earthquake rattled northeastern Japan, claiming at least 15,000 lives and leaving more than half a million people homeless.

Divers can help stop aquatic invasive species

GoErie.com, March 15, 2016, by Anna McCartney: When zebra mussels dramatically increased water clarity in the early 1990s, many divers welcomed their invasion as a positive outcome.

Enos Lake stickleback becoming victim of ‘reverse speciation’

CBC News, March 15, 2016, by Liam Britten: There used to be two species of stickleback thriving in Enos Lake near Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, but University of British Columbia researchers say the two species are becoming one.

View Royal considers goats to clear invasive species

Goldstream News Gazette, March 16, 2016, by Rick Stiebel: Goats clearing invasive species won’t be seen or herded in View Royal following a decision at the March 8 council meeting.

Celebrating International Day of Forests

USDA, U.S. Forest Service, March 17, 2016, by William Harold Shoutis: In a changing climate, it takes elaborate and energetic collaboration to preserve forests around the world, and there is no better celebration of trees than water conservation. The United Nation’s International Day of Forests, this March 21, is a time for heightening awareness of these partnerships, their ambitions, and the values and services forests provide.

Wisen up to harmful plants in Nelson

Nelson Star, March 9, 2016: The days are getting longer, and signs of spring are starting to appear in the Kootenays. Before long it will have changed from ski season to gardening season. The horticulture industry has been recognized as a key pathway for invasive species introduction and spread.

Unusual fish found near shores of Shuswap Lake startles residents, government officials

InfoNews, Pentiction, March 7, 2016, by Charlotte Helston: CANOE - Fisheries staff had quite the scare last month when a strange fish showed up near the shores of Shuswap Lake.

Duncan Barnett receives Governor General’s Caring Canadian award

Williams Lake Tribune, March 4, 2016: 150 Mile House rancher Duncan Barnett was among the recipients of the Governor General of Canada's 2016 Caring Canadian Awards during a ceremony in Vancouver Friday.

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