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Invasive Plant Identification Guide: Field Guide to Noxious Weeds and other Invasive Plants of British Columbia

Invasive Plant Identification and Treatment Guide: Guide to Weeds in BC

Management of Invasive Plants: Seven Steps to Managing Your Weeds: A Manual for Integrated Weed Management in BC

Understanding Impacts to Your Operation:  Invasive Alien Species Framework for BC

Impacts to Agriculture:  Ministry of Agriculture Plant Health Page


Invasive Species Councils and Committees in British Columbia

Invasive committees operate invasive species programs in a specific region. Committee activities vary from on-the- ground management of invasive plants and/or species, community outreach and partnerships. Links to these organizations are below:

Regional Committees of BC

Invasive Species Council of BC


BC Resources

Ministry of Agriculture Plant Health Page

Ministry of Agriculture Weed Page

Ministry Agriculture Pest Alerts

The BC government website hosts a number of excellent resources related to invasive management in BC including reports, field guides and manuals, weed and pest alerts.

Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations- Invasive Species Management in B.C.

The Invasive Alien Plant Program is the database for invasive plant data in BC. It is intended to co-ordinate/share information collected by various agencies and organizations specifically for invasive plant management. There is an interactive map that shows invasive plant sites.

Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Invasive Alien Plant Program 

Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group
Since 2004, the Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group (IMISWG) has provided policy direction, coordination and collaborative delivery of provincial invasive species programs for the Province of BC. Several land-based ministries have responsibility for noxious weed and invasive plant management. The IMISWG functions to bring together provincial ministries and agencies, each with unique mandates, program goals and technical expertise.

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations Invasive Biocontrol

The goal of FLNRORD’s invasive plant biocontrol program is to reduce invasive plant populations to ecologically and economically acceptable levels, and to prevent invasive plant encroachment into new areas

Invasive Alien Species Framework for BC

Stock poisoning plants of the British Columbia Ranges

This 1958 publication outlines toxic plants that are still relevant to current livestock operations.

Ministry of Environment: Aquatic Plants of British Columbia

Invasive Species Council of BC: Clean Drain Dry

The Invasive Species Council of BC’s main site for information on the Clean,Drain,Dry program educating BC residents especially boaters to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

BC Weed Control Act

The BC Weed Control Act directs 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.

BC Weed Control Regulation

Wildlife Act’s Controlled Alien Species Regulation

The Wildlife Act’s Controlled Alien Species Regulation is a regulation that controls the possession, breeding, shipping and releasing of alien animals (i.e. that are not native to B.C.) that pose a risk to the health or safety of people or the environment.

BC Invasive Pests and Biosecurity


Links to Other Provinces

Alberta Invasive Species Council

Invasive Species Council of Manitoba

Saskatchewan Invasive Species

Yukon Invasive Species Committee

Ontario Invasive Plant Council

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture’s Common Weeds Poisonous to Grazing Livestock

Canadian Resources

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.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Invasive Plant Field Guide

Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System 

Canadian Weed Science Society 

The Canadian Weed Science Society/Société canadienne de malherbologie (CWSS-SCM) is made up of professionals from university, government, and industry who specialize in research, teaching, extension, and regulation of weed-related topics.

Canadian Council on Invasive Species
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.

Forest Invasive Alien Species

DFO Aquatic Invasive Species Webpage
The Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s regulations, research and action plans for reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

DFO Aquatic Invasive Species Identification Booklet

Invasive Species Centre

The Invasive Species Centre prevents the spread of invasive species in Canada by connecting stakeholders with knowledge and technology.


US Resources

US Forest Service
Provides information on invasive species and related management and research activities across the agency and with their many partners.

Washington Invasive Species Council

Invasive Species of Idaho

Montana Weed Control Association

Fire Effects Information System

FEIS provides updated scientific and technical information about interactions between fire and plant species that have been identified as invasive in at least some locations. Most of the species on this list are nonnative in the United States.

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.

US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service: PLANTS Database

PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.


Ecosystem Information

BC Frogwatch Program

BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer

This Ministry of Environment site allows you to search for plants or animals that are designated at risk due to a variety of reasons like low population numbers or lack of habitat.

E-Fauna BC

E-Fauna is an in-depth database of animals, including invasive species, in BC.

E-Flora BC

E-Flora is an in-depth database of plants, including invasive species, in BC.

BC Grasslands Conservation Council 

The GCC is dedicated to uncovering the complexity and abundance of grasslands, sharing that
information, and supporting policies and practices to protect them.