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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 »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting 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 »

Announcing IPCBC 2011 Forum “Invasion of the Aliens!”

Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia to host highly anticipated “Invasion of the Aliens!” public forum in Richmond, January 18-19, 2011, to address invasive species threatening BC. 

Invasive species are silently invading British Columbia’s unique landscapes, fertile range and agriculture lands, fragile ecosystems, and vibrant communities at an alarming rate. These ‘unwanted’ invaders cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year, with rising management costs, lost industry productivity, and alteration of critical ecosystems. 

To address this issue, you are invited to join over 140 experts, land managers, concerned individuals, a diversity of high calibre speakers, and the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia (IPCBC) at their highly anticipated public forum, “Invasion of the Aliens!” to be held January 18-19th, 2011 at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC. 

“This event will provide an excellent opportunity for networking among participants, enhancing invasive species management in BC and across Canada,” said Invasive Plant Council executive director, Gail Wallin.   

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions, listen to dynamic speakers, check out conference displays and posters, and meet and greet others during nibble and network sessions. Speakers will discuss current threats of invasive species to BC, North American collaborations, invasive species impacts on BC resources, Canada’s response to invasive species, and how to make a difference. 

You are also invited to attend the post-forum workshop, “Making it Work...Locally,” on January 20th, 2011. Space is limited, so be sure to register early.

Details on submitting posters, booking conference displays, and registering along with a draft agenda for “Invasion of the Aliens!” can be found on the IPCBC website under “What’s Happening”: <> . 

By ‘spreading the word, not the weeds,’ you can help reduce the negative and escalating impacts of invasive species in BC. Find out how to get involved, attend this forum, become a member (FREE!), and source information on other events and programs, from the IPCBC website.