What We Do

Orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) is legally classified as a noxious weed in parts of BC. This hardy invasive weed spreads easily, helped by human activity and crowds out native plants.

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The Invasive Species Council of BC works together with concerned stakeholders to reduce the spread and impact of invasive species in BC.

We spearhead behaviour change in communities, organizations, governments and industry. Working in partnership we succeed in our mission by:

1. Organizing and uniting efforts

We know our goal of minimizing the spread and impact of invasive species is an ambitious one. To help us succeed, we’re a membership-based organization that goes out of its way to engage with our partners, funders, industry stakeholders and our diverse and representative Board of Directors.

2. Educating and informing

We take every opportunity we can to communicate the benefits of stopping the spread of invasive species to people and organizations across BC. We develop a variety of resources and programs such as PlantWise and Clean Drain Dry to support our goals.

3. RESEARCHING

By helping coordinate research and sharing findings through conferences, forums and live webinars, we’re helping key stakeholders stay up-to-date on the latest information.

4. TRAINING

We offer learning opportunities and training programs through a variety of formats on a broad range of topics related to invasive species prevention and management. We’re helping grow the knowledge of concerned individuals, public and private organizations.

KEY DOCUMENTS

REPORT & TOOLKITS

Business plan (2017-2021)

Our five-year strategic roadmap.

REPORT & TOOLKITS

Annual Report

Our accomplishements and results from the past year.

Strategy

REPORT & TOOLKITS

Invasive Species Strategy for BC

A strategic roadmap 2018-2022

Key Priorities for 2021

ISCBC’s 2017-2021 Business Plan identifies two key directions that guide our work. All of our Council programs and initiatives support one or both of these key directions.

ISCBC delivers innovative education and training programs, and engages people in collaborative initiatives aimed at re-establishing healthy landscapes and communities.

Confirmed 2020 Actions

The following actions have been confirmed as 2020 priorities and actions are underway:

  1. Coordinate Invasive Species Month and continue to deliver monthly webinar series.
  2. Develop and deliver the Invasive-Wise Tourism Program.
  3. Work with community groups across BC to extend Clean Drain Dry signage and resources as well as an enhanced online and digital media campaign. 
  4. Deliver Gravel Pit invasive plant treatment, monitoring and skill development program.
  5. Increase coordination and support for invasive species programs in Indigenous communities across BC and among local governments staff and leaders.
  6. Expand, deliver and accredit a suite of online and in-person invasive species training programs to individuals and land managers across BC. 
  7. Support and develop key educational resources for youth and educators across BC.  
  8. Maintain and promote a provincial invasive species hotline, online reporting tool and website for technical and educational resources. 

ISCBC builds partnerships and cultivates strong leaders to increase collaboration, influence relevant research, and provide timely messaging to help restore BC’s landscapes and communities to a state of health and vitality.

Confirmed 2020 Actions

The following actions have been confirmed as 2020 priorities and actions are underway:

  1. Grow and support the Affiliate Network.
  2. Increase strategic relationships with government and business leaders.
  3. Promote the Invasive Species Strategy for BC and partner with government to measure progress against the Strategy.
  4. Plan and deliver the 2020 Research Forum and establish a Research Hub on current research. 
  5. Strengthen the Council’s work and recognition of leaders and businesses that have adopted invasive-wise practice.
  6. Expand online resources to profile and support partners through webinars, social media, digital media.
  7. Enhance and grow tools and resources for partners such as online training, phone apps, digital information, etc.