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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

Broom Busters seek support

Coast Reporter, Broom Busters is a group of local residents dedicated to clearing Scotch Broom from our environment.

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Grass, hay yields ‘take off’ when weeds, pests controlled

By Sue Roesler, The Prairie Star, In most cases, producers can double their grass or forage yields by managing their weeds, according to Craig Alford, DuPont pasture and range portfolio manager based in Denver, Colo.

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Invasive Weeds: Threats at our doorstep; exploring paths to prevention

By Shaunna McInnis, The Kimberley Bulletin, We have them here in the East Kootenay and we are often unaware of them.

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Help control invasive plants

Williams Lake Tribune, While winter has still not released us from its grasp, spring is upon us. Soon our native wildflowers will be shaking off winter’s remnants and start reaching for the warm rays of spring’s sun. However, lurking among our freshly emerging native plants are some pretty impostors.

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Saskatchewan to ban invasive fish

CBC News, The Saskatchewan government is moving to ban the northern snakehead, an aggressive fish that it fears could become an invasive species.

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Invasive species certification launched

By Andrew Mitchell, PiqueNewsmagazine, Whistler, This week the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council announced that it is launching a pilot certification program for horticulturalists to stop the spread of invasive species.

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Invasive plants and animals damage natural areas

By Marshall Brain, McClatchy News Service, The Wenatchee World, If you were to go back and look at the United States 1,000 years ago, the number and types of animal and plant species you would find would be quite different than they are today. The change started with the arrival of Europeans to the North American continent. Some of the species they brought with themselves initially included farm animals like horses, chickens, cattle, pigs and even honey bees. None of these animals existed in North American prior to the arrival of Europeans.

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Report: Tree canopy declining in Seattle’s parks and forests

By Larry Lange, Seattle PI Local, Seattle is losing trees in its parks and urban forests, the last places you might think that would happen. The trend, picked up by a recent study of the city's tree canopy, results from an aging public forest that's dying, being slowly choked by invasive plants or killed by disease.

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Invasive plants ready to spring forward

By Autumn MacDonald, Quesnel Cariboo Observer, While winter has still not released us from its grasp, spring is upon us. Soon native wildflowers will be shaking off winter’s remnants and start reaching for the warm rays of spring’s sun. However, lurking among our freshly emerging native plants are some pretty imposters.

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Officials simulate Great Lakes carp spill scenario

By Sharon Oosthoek, CBC News, It's not every day emergency response experts gather to test their readiness to deal with a fish. But the Asian carp is no ordinary fish, and so on Friday, a boardroom in the Peterborough offices of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is being turned into a temporary war room of sorts. It marks the first time government experts have come together to simulate an invasive-species emergency.

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