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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

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 »

Invasive Species Research Conference

Turning Science into Action! Co-hosted by Thompson Rivers University and the Invasive Species Council of BC. 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 »

Hot Spots

The Hot Spots program was a highly successful two-year program (2008-2011) that jump-started business development and employment in over 30 different communities across BC in 2010. Over its two-year period, field crews delivered invasive plant management activities in more than 274 communities and Indian Reserves. Over 203 unemployed resource workers were hired, and many were able to secure long-term employment with the new skills they developed.

The Hot Spots program provided under/unemployed resource workers with education, techniques, and experience in invasive plant management. Under the skilled guidance of Regional Committees, crews targeted high priority sites. Crews helped to manage (control, remove or in some cases, contain) invasive plants that are troublesome, and costly to address. The program inventoried 20,500 ha and treated 1,538 ha in multiple locations across the province.

The Hot Spots program was guided by a Hot Spots Advisory Committee that included representatives from various agencies and committees across BC. Collaborations between the ISC, governments and Regional Committees helped to minimize the impacts of invasive plants while providing job skills and new employment opportunities for displaced resources workers across BC.

The program has been highly successful. Some unemployed resource workers were able to secure long-term employment with the new skills they developed. Participating agencies expanded their local partnerships, attained additional funds for invasive plant management, expanded their traditional inventory and treatment areas, and received increased media exposure. 

The ISC thanks Western Economic Diversification and the Provincial Community Development Trust, Job Opportunities Program and the BC Ministry of Environment Parks and Protected Areas Division for funding this program. Also thank you for contributions from the BC Ministry of Natural Resource Operations, and the Technical Advisory Committee, directors, regional coordinators, and the ISC project coordinators for their hard work and dedication.