Local Government

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Local governments have an important role and are a critical partner in BC for invasive species management.

ISCBC coordinates the Local Government Invasive Species Network, which facilitates the sharing of resources and networking for local governments in BC to become increasingly successful in this important work.


The Local Government Invasive Species Network is a forum for exchanging information about, identifying needs for and sharing lessons learned from invasive species management programs and projects. The network was established by ISCBC in response to needs identified by communities and regional districts to share information, network and build capacity in prevention and management of invasive species.

What does the network do?

Members share information, strategies and resources around invasive species prevention, impacts and management. The network also identifies opportunities to strengthen and build partnerships with industry, regional invasive species organizations, community groups and others. Members provide input into key provincial resources such as the Invasive Species Strategy for BC, the Invasive Species Toolkit for Local Government, Real Estate Professionals and Land Managers and other outreach resources developed by ISCBC to support local government and others. The network also explores opportunities to enhance education, training, and communication within and between communities across BC.

Who can be a member?

Join more than 100 local government representatives addressing invasive species issues! Membership is FREE and open to local government staff and officials in British Columbia.

How do I join?

Please contact Craig Stephani at [email protected], or call ISCBC at (250) 305-1003 for more information.


Invasive Species Toolkit for Local Government

The Invasive Species Toolkit For Local Government, Real Estate Professionals and Land Managers is a valuable tool developed with the Local Government Invasive Species Network. Download the Toolkit to find out why these issues are the top 10 reasons for local governments to engage in invasive species management.

Local governments can build invasive species management programs through partnerships with regional species committees, Indigenous and provincial governments, community groups and related organizations. To succeed with limited resources it is important to pool resources, think strategically and regionally, provide education and incentives, work with volunteers, train staff, build and incorporate best practices and policies, prioritize activities and continue to collaborate with local governments across BC.

Best Management Practices

Following best management practices is crucial to preventing the spread and establishment of invasive species. By adhering to these practices, we can minimize the unintentional introduction and proliferation of invasive species, preserving the biodiversity of natural spaces and reducing the economic burden associated with invasive species management and control.

Click to check out these key best management practices for local governments.

Visit our Publications page for more valuable resources and tools

Local Government Call to Action Against Invasive Species

Read and share the Call to Action Against Invasive Species and help your local government be a leader in BC. Protect your communities and assets by preventing and managing invasive species. Find your local government invasive species contact on this map.


ISCBC hosted the first local government general workshop in 2011 and since that time local government workshops have continued to be held in conjunction with ISCBC’s Annual Forum. To find out about upcoming meetings and events, join the Local Government Invasive Species Network.

ISCBC Board Collaboration

The ISCBC Board of Directors includes a minimum of one Director position from the local government perspective. This approach supports BC-wide collaboration.

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