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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 »

News on Invasives

Invasive Mussel Defence Program Spring 2018 Status Report

The first status report for the 2018 season of the BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program for the period of March 1 to May 31, 2018 is now available.

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Invasive plant species for sale in Kootenay region - Warning issued by watchdog council

Nelson Star, Jun. 29, 2018 - NELSON. Invasive plant species for sale in Kootenay region. Warning issued by watchdog council. With the warm weather favouring B.C.’s backyard and water garden enthusiasts, the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) and the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) are reminding the public to be careful when selecting plants for their ponds and gardens.

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100 Mile Elementary students pull weeds from Centennial Park

100 Mile Free Press, June 21, 2018 - 100 MILE HOUSE. 100 Mile Elementary students pull weeds from Centennial Park. "We try to get the kids out as much as possible". The weed pull was part of an educational workshop run by members of the Invasive Species Council of B.C (ISC). Shanon McConnell, the ISC 100 Mile team lead, said it’s important to teach kids about invasive species and how to control them. “Invasive species come in and they essentially push out all the native vegetation, and that can be detrimental to the local ecosystem,” said McConnell.

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Pitt River kids win BC’s Invasive Species Photo Contest

News 1130, Kayla Butler, June 11, 2018 - PITT RIVER. A group of grade eight kids is excited that hard work pays off, as the class from Pitt River Middle School is the winner of BC’s “What’s In Your Back Yard?” Invasive Species Photo contest. The province-wide contest is part of Invasive Species Action Month (May) and it’s specifically targeted to youth to get them involved in something important that they can take into their future. 

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Beetle mania: Vancouver wages war against invasive pest

Vancouver Courier, Jessica Kerr, June 8, 2018. Beetle mania: Vancouver wages war against invasive pest. Spraying for Japanese beetle starts Sunday. The war against the Japanese beetle is on. The city started spraying parks and public property in the False Creek area on June 5, starting with the lawn next to Roundhouse Community Centre.

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Brian Minter: Japanese beetle invasion a serious threat to Vancouver

Vancouver Sun, June 1, 2018 - VANCOUVER. Brian Minter: Japanese beetle invasion a serious threat to Vancouver. It will take a coordinated response to eradicate the Japanese beetle that is causing a great deal of concern in the local food, ornamental plant and turf industries. 

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VIDEO: Williams Lake part of 100in1Day

Williams Lake Tribune, Monica Lamb-Yorski, Jun. 2, 2018 - WILLIAMS LAKE. VIDEO: Williams Lake part of 100in1Day. The lake city is joining 12 cities across Canada in celebrating 100in1Day, June 2.

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Tatla Lake Elementary students take a stand against weeds completing Invasive-Wise Youth Challenge

Williams Lake Tribune, May. 28, 2018 11:45 a.m, WILLIAMS LAKE - Tatla Lake Elementary is the first school in the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) to complete the Invasive Species Council of BC’s Invasive Wise Youth Challenge. On Wednesday, May 23, 15 elementary students from Grades K-7 gathered with spades in hand to take a stand against invasive species in their schoolyard.

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100in1Day activities include fun, interactive activities for families Saturday

Williams Lake Tribune, Tara Sprickerhoff, May. 29, 2018 - WILLIAMS LAKE. Invasive Species Council to host activities centred around making positive change. Williams Lake will be joining 12 cities across the country in celebrating the 100in1Day, this Saturday, June 2. A global initiative aiming to inspire changes in cities across the county, the goal of 100in1Day is to compel residents to activate 100 innovative, thought-provoking ideas into interventions for their community. Led in Williams Lake by the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, and powered by Future Cities Canada, there will be plenty to take part in.

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Japanese beetle invades Vancouver and it’s worse than the chafer beetle

Global News Radio 980 CKNW, Emily Lazatin, May 25, 2018. There’s a new pest in town and health officials say it’s much more dangerous than the chafer beetle. The Japanese beetle was first discovered last summer in Vancouver’s False Creek neighbourhood and City officials say more than 7.5 hectares of land and park space need to be treated now with a larvacide to get rid of it. The province’s top veterinary officer, Dr. Jane Pritchard, says the beetle flies and can do a lot of damage.

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