Invasive species and the problems they bring can be a significant challenge for natural resource industries, or for those companies that have employees who work in the field. ISCBC help industry and resource professionals become more skilled at recognizing and eliminating the threats of non-native species to their operations.
ISCBC strongly advocates for industry involvement in invasive species and encourages each organization to consider specific management strategies for the various invasive species that may affect their operations.
Here are some steps you and your staff can take while considering field-based, operational activities:
1. Learn to recognize the plants you see in your work environment. If you’re unsure about a creature or plant you don’t recognize you can:
- Take a photo and e-mail us at: email@example.com
- Call us at 1-888-933-3722 and we can link you with your local Invasive Species Committee.
- Use the provincial government’s Report-A-Weed service to report a suspected new sighting of an invasive plant species in BC.
- Determine priority invasive plant species within your operating area. Stay informed through collaborations with regional experts, and assist staff and contractors to identify and minimize spread of invasive plant species within your operating area. Recognize and report invasives by learning more about them in our TIPS factsheets and Invasive Species pages.
- Adopt IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques to improve your organization’s ability to identify and inventory invasive plant populations. IPM also enables you to develop appropriate control options to address the risks posed.
- Carry out regular surveys and record the locations of invasive plants in your operating area.
- Develop and use an early detection and rapid response (EDRR) program that incorporates education, coordinated detection, and focused response efforts.
- Choose plants for landscaping or site remediation purposes wisely using information from our PlantWise program resources.
- Inspect and clean vehicles, boats and other equipment used in the field, before entering or leaving an area you know is affected by invasive species. This includes parts such as tires, undercarriage and trailers.
- Re-vegetate disturbed areas as soon after disturbance as possible using regionally appropriate (e.g. native), non-invasive, non-persistent seed mixtures or plants.
- Reduce unnecessary soil disturbance during road, landing, skid trail construction and site preparation.
- Use prevention measures that encompass all activities or operations that could potentially introduce or spread invasive plants into your operating area.
- Ensure you use fill material that is from a source that is free from invasive plants. Previously excavated soil shouldn’t be reused unless it’s been treated appropriately.
5. Resources: Take advantage of the wealth of information such as Best Management Practices booklets for industry, brochures, TIPS sheets, posters and other materials available in our Resources section. If we don’t have the information you need, try one of our partner organizations.
Thank you for taking steps to prevent the spread of invasive species during work activities.