Invasive Species Councils and Committees in British Columbia
The management of invasive species continues to improve, thanks to the dedication, passion, and hard work of invasive species councils and committees across BC. Each committee looks after invasive species in a specific region. Committee activities vary from on-the-ground management of invasive plants and/or species, community outreach and stewardship events, and working with the public, government, and stakeholders to achieve their unique missions and objectives. Links to these organizations are below:
British Columbia Resources
Ministry of Agriculture – This website hosts a number of excellent resources related to invasive plant management in BC including reports, field guides and manuals, weed alerts, aggressive ornamentals, and fact sheets.
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure – Provides information on MOTI’s invasive plant program.
E-Flora BC – E-Flora is an in-depth database of plants, including invasive species, in BC.
E-Fauna BC – E-Fauna is an in-depth database of animals, including invasive species, in BC.
BC Weed Control Act – this piece of legislationis is in regards to the responsibility to control ‘noxious weeds’ at the regional and provincial level. Private property owners and government agencies are mandated by law to control these species that occur on their property or jurisdiction.
Alberta Invasive Species Council – The AISC promotes awareness of invasive plants in Alberta, fostering new partnerships and resource sharing of invasive plant management. You can identify invasive species in their photo gallery, access fact sheet information and keep up to date on workshops and events.
Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) – The Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) works collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to support actions and information that can help reduce the threat and impacts of invasive species.
Invasive Species Council of Manitoba – This site contains information on invasive aquatic and wetland plants of Manitoba, including educational resources, information on preventing their spread, and a submission form to report occurrences of specific invasive species.
Saskatchewan Noxious Weeds – A government of Saskatchewan resource, this document provides a list and identification information for Saskatchewan’s most noxious weeds that are threatening to dominate crops, pastures and native areas, and declared unwanted to agricultural and environmental land managers under the Noxious Weed Act.
Yukon Invasive Species Committee (YISC) – This website posts information on events surrounding invasive plants, and links to Environment Yukon’s website for more in depth resources and links.
Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN) – The Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN 2006-2011) was established with the goal of identifying and quantifying the vectors and pathways by which AIS enter Canada, determining factors that affect their colonization success, and developing risk assessment models for potential and existing AIS. The NSERC Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network II (CAISN II 2011 – 2016) will address remaining information gaps by focusing on four new core themes: Early Detection, Rapid Response, AIS as Part of Multiple Stressors, and Reducing Uncertainty in Prediction and Management.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) – The CFIA’s invasive species home page includes links to the “Invasive Alien Plants in Canada” report as well as to fact sheets on invasive plants and other information related to the Agency’s overall invasive species program. The report summarizes the current information available on invasive alien plants in Canada, where they come from, where they occur, and what they cost Canadians in terms of economic, environmental and social impacts.
Forest Invasive Alien Species – The Forest Invasive Alien Species website provides in-depth information related to undesired forest invasive alien insects or diseases.
United States Resources
Plants Database – a database for invasive plants in the United States.
Washington Invasive Species Council – includes excellent photos for identification and control information for species listed in Washington.
Idaho Department of Agriculture – includes information on weeds listed in Idaho.
USDA Forest Service – includes links to numerous invasive plant databases in the US.
Center for Invasive Plant Management – The Center for Invasive Plant Management (CIPM) promotes ecologically sound management of invasive plants by facilitating collaboration and partnerships among scientists, educators, and land managers.
Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health – The Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health is part of the University of Georgia. A variety of resources for invasive plant management, forestry and natural resources, an image database of invasive species, and INVASIPEDIA are available from this site.
National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) – NECIS is a national partnership of 15 major environmental organizations that provides a united expert and scientific voice on invasive species policy. Its leaders include scientists, lawyers, activists, and advocates with many years of experience on invasives policy.
100th Meridian Initiative – The 100th Meridian Initiative is a cooperative effort between state, provincial, and federal agencies to prevent the westward spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic nuisance species in North America.
CABI Invasives Blog – CABI is a non-profit organization specializing in scientific publishing, research, and communication. CABI improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.
Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) – The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. The GISD focuses on invasive alien species that threaten native biodiversity and covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems. Species information is either supplied by or reviewed by expert contributors from around the world.
International Union for Conservation of Nature – Founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization, today it is the largest professional global conservation network. The Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) (one major programme focus area) is a global network of scientific and policy experts on invasive species. Organized by the IUCN Species Survival Commission, the ISSG aims to reduce threats to natural ecosystems and the native species they contain by increasing awareness of invasive alien species and ways to prevent, control or eradicate them.