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Japanese beetle is in Vancouver

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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

In Your Community

Many of us enjoy spending time being active in our community and working together with others to make our area a better place. Community gardens are a rapidly growing phenomenon that hold benefits for residents from a variety of perspectives including increased access to healthy food and improved community cooperation.

We support this increased interest in community activity and encourage people to take as many of the following steps in their community as possible:

1. Learn to recognize the plants or organisms you see in your community. If you’re unsure about a creature or plant you don’t recognize you can:

2. Prevention: 

  • Help discourage invasive plant species from reproducing by cutting (deadheading) flowers, seedpods and berries of invasive plants that you find in your community garden or around your community.
  • If you’re involved in a community garden, avoid recycling or composting garden debris as this can help continue the spread of invasive species. All seeds and other plant parts (including stems and roots) from invasive plants should be wrapped in garbage bags for disposal at your local landfill.

3. Take Action! Enhance our efforts by becoming an ISCBC member, joining your Regional Committee or making a donation to ISCBC.

4. Resources: Take advantage of the wealth of information such as 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 helping to prevent the spread of invasives in our communities.