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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

Volunteer

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

Three Asian giant hornets found in Nanaimo

Nanaimo - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:00 pm. Three large insects found in the Nanaimo area in August have been confirmed by Canadian and international experts as Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia). This is the first time the Vespa mandarinia species of the Asian giant hornet has been found on Vancouver Island and British Columbia. While the hornets are dormant and unlikely to be seen in fall and winter, British Columbians who think they may have seen one can report findings to the Invasive Species Council of BC at 1 888 933-3722, via the council's “Report Invasives” mobile phone app or at bcinvasives.ca/report.

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Waterfront Owners Play Role in Health of BC Lakes and Waterways

The Invasive Species Council of BC is alerting waterfront residents and property owners to the impacts invasive species can have on our waters, our forests and our homes. Your waterfront property may already host some of the worst offenders such as yellow flag iris, commonly sold in nurseries, or Eurasian watermilfoil. In popular fishing areas, large- and smallmouth bass may have been released for fishing purposes, potentially carrying American bullfrog tadpole hitchhikers. Aquarium pets and plants, like goldfish and parrot’s feather, have also been introduced into some BC waterbodies via dumping. These species are considered high-risk because they can compete heavily for resources, disrupt natural processes and reduce biodiversity.

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Stop Western Yellowstriped Armyworm – Now in the North Okanagan

The Invasive Species Council of BC is calling on the public and producers in the North Okanagan to be on alert for the Western Yellowstriped Armyworm (Spodoptera praefica). The Western yellowstriped armyworm is an invasive caterpillar first detected in the North Okanagan Valley of BC in July 2018.  This pest causes extensive damage to forage crops, vegetables, flower gardens and ornamentals, often resulting in complete defoliation.

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Young adults wanted to volunteer to stop the spread of invasive species in BC

Williams Lake – August 6, 2019. Young adults aged 15-30 are invited to volunteer with the Invasive Species Council of BC Healthy Habitats project to help prevent the spread of invasive  species in British Columbia. Volunteers will benefit from training and leadership opportunities while developing and enhancing skills.
Read more and sign up today at bcinvasives.ca/volunteer.

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Sep 21, 2019 - Take Action on Invasive Species Youth Training in Surrey

Join us for a day of training and hands-on experience, co-hosted by ISCBC, Seyem’ Qwantlen Construction / Matcon Civil Joint Venture & the City of Surrey Development Corporation. This FREE event - with special emphasis on Indigenous youth - will provide youth (ages 15-30) with training in invasive species identification and removal and in the restoration of a development site.

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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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E-mail: info@bcinvasives.ca
Telephone: 250-305-1003 or 1-888-933-3722
Fax: 778-412-2248

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Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Z5

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