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The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is a collaborative-based organization committed to reducing the spread and impacts of non-native species within BC.

Working together with a large group of partners, Regional Committees, ISCBC members and government agencies and industry, we succeed in our mission by:

  • Organizing and Uniting Efforts
  • Educating and Informing
  • Researching
  • Training

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Become a member of the Invasive Species Council of BC and help protect healthy landscapes, habitats and communities free from invasive species.

Membership Benefits Include Monthly e-Bulletin, free ISCBC resources, discounts on events and training and more.

Memberships for individuals, youth, non-profit, and business/government.

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Our Programs

Youth Leaders Building Healthier Habitats

Join young people across BC to take action to protect BC’s environment and landscapes. Starting in three regions of B.C. (Greater Vancouver, Kamloops, and Williams Lake) we are inviting youth to volunteer to help protect their communities from new and spreading invasive species.

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Aquatics

Invasive species are threatening BC’s aquatic and riparian ecosystems, such as streams, lakes, and wetlands, and the species that rely on them. They spread alarmingly fast between waterbodies and can create lasting ecological and economic damage.

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Clean Drain Dry

Clean Drain Dry encourages you to 'clean drain dry' all boats and equipment to help reduce the spread of invasive plants and organisms to BC waters.

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Community Weed Pulls

The Communities Pulling Together program enables volunteer groups to learn about and remove local invasive plants. Participants gain hands-on experience by helping to remove an invasive plant infestation in their community.

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PlantWise

PlantWise is a consumer and industry education program designed to build understanding of the problems caused by invasive species, increasing demand for non-invasive plants, and to support the horticulture industry’s transition to becoming free of invasive species.

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Take Action on Invasives

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Early detection is critical to stopping the spread of invasive species.

You can help detect and locate new infestations of invasive species, particularly those capable of significant environmental or economic harm.

If you see a plant that looks ‘out of place’ or a creature you don’t recognize and have concerns about, we encourage you to report it.

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The Latest Blog, News & Events

New Clean Drain Dry Signs up for Grabs

Are you interested in piloting Clean Drain Dry messaging at local waterbodies? Moving into its second year, the Clean Drain Dry (CDD) project is accepting more partners for the multi-year pilot program designed to increase awareness and take action to prevent the establishment and spread of aquatic invasive species in BC. The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is looking for aquatic stewardship groups to become partners to increase CDD awareness across the province. In the first year alone, we worked with 36 partners ranging from local stewardship groups, municipalities, regional invasive species organizations, Indigenous communities, ports, marinas, resorts and campgrounds. With such a diverse group of partners, we were able to raise the awareness in many communities across BC. 

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Marinas are Key Partners in Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invaders

There are as many kinds of boats as there are places to enjoy them. From freshwater lakes to open oceans, aquatic invaders can easily hitch a ride and spread between British Columbia’s waterways. Marinas across the province can play an important part in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species, and boaters can work together to prevent the spread through the simple steps of Clean Drain Dry.

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Help ‘tackle’ the spread of invasive species

With over 20,000 lakes and 750,000 kms of streams, BC is considered one of the best places to fish in North America. Whether British Columbians are fishing as a recreational sport, peaceful hobby or getaway, invasive species should always be on their radar when they are heading home for the day. Aquatic invasive species pose a significant threat to BC waterways. Every angler can help stop their spread by remembering to Clean Drain and Dry all watercraft and gear when leaving a waterbody.

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Paddlers can play their part to protect Canadian waters

Paddlers across the province are helping protect British Columbia’s waters from harmful invasive species. From ocean kayakers to canoeists, all paddlers can help BC waters by taking a few minutes to Clean Drain Dry their watercraft and gear. BC offers some incredible opportunities for residential and touring paddlers however the accidental movement of invasive species between waterbodies can cause serious problems affecting BC’s water’s, tourism opportunities and even human health. By practicing Clean Drain Dry, paddlers can help preserve BC’s lakes, rivers and streams and help to support the recreational industry and healthy communities for years to come.

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National Voluntary Code of Conduct for the Ornamental Horticulture Industry Launched

Peterborough, ON, June 12, 2019 - The Canadian Council on Invasive Species, along with several key partners are excited to launch a new National Voluntary Code of Conduct for the ornamental horticulture industry. The National Voluntary Code of Conduct supports the Canadian Council on Invasive Species’ Be Plant Wise program. The goal of the Be Plant Wise program is to support and recognize responsible leaders in the horticulture industry who adopt best practices to avoid the introduction of high-risk invasive plants to specific regions.

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Communications Framework for BC

The BC Communications Framework on Invasive Species is a valuable, voluntary reference for all BC stakeholders developing communications plans related to invasive species.

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