About Invasive Species
Invasive species are non-native plant and animal species that can spread and cause impacts including environmental, economic and human impacts such as health and safety.
Left unmanaged, invasive species spread and increase in density, requiring more resources to control and causing greater impacts. Examples of impacts include:
- damaging ecosystems and reducing biodiversity
- watershed health (including water quality)
- public health and safety
- damage to roads, buildings and other infrastructure
- impacts to industries including agriculture
- hydrology such as drainage
- recreation and access to public and private lands
The best ways to manage invasive species include prevention and "early detection, rapid response" (EDRR) for new priority invaders. Effective invasive management needs to be strategic and collaborative.
CRISP's regional approach to managing invasive species helps to address limited resources, the regional nature of the issue, allows for faster response to new outbreaks and improves public outreach and engagement.
Invaders know no borders!
Find out more:
Priority invasive species in the Capital Region
Disposal: how to dispose of invasive plants
The ISCBC (Invasive Species Council of BC) hosts information about the Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia. Click on the Strategy here to go to this site: