History of the Council
The Invasive Plant Council of BC stemmed from a call to action from the
Fraser Basin Council’s Board of Directors on the issue of invasive
plants in British Columbia after a field trip to the Cariboo in 2001 brought
the issue to the forefront. The Fraser Basin Council then led the development
of the Invasive Plant Strategy, a groundbreaking document that outlines
an action plan to address the exponential increase in invasive plant population
throughout the province.
The Invasive Plant Strategy was developed from input from a wide range
of interests including government, First Nations, non-government, industry,
user groups, and utilities.
The strategy was developed by;
- BC Cattlemen’s Association
- First Nations
- Fraser Basin Council
- Integrated Vegetation Management Association of BC
- Ministry of Agriculture
- Ministry of Forests
- Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection
- Regional Weed Committees
- Union of BC Municipalities
The goal of the strategy is to build cooperation and coordination to
protect British Columbia’s environment and minimize negative social
and economic impacts caused by the introduction, establishment and spread
of invasive alien plants.
The strategy identifies, and calls for action on the “top ten”
challenges to invasive plant management in British Columbia.
The Top Ten Most Significant Challenges to Invasive Plant Management
in British Columbia are the need to:
- Improve cooperation among all orders of government,
landowners and land users by establishing a body to provide province-wide
- Provide the necessary resources for provincial Crown lands
to increase the level of invasive plant management undertaken by the
- Enact provincial legislation to manage invasive
species not classified as noxious weeds, and federal legislation
to prevent the introduction of new invasive species to British Columbia.
- Improve compliance with current legislation regarding
the introduction, spread and control of invasive plants.
- Increase management of invasive plants on federal land,
with direct funding for First Nations reserve lands.
- Coordinate a system for the early detection and eradication
of new invasive species that arrive in the province and monitor these
populations’ impact and any expansion.
- Establish a comprehensive provincial inventory of
invasive plants in British Columbia.
- Ensure that all areas of the province implement a regional
approach to invasive plant management.
- Improve the management of invasive aquatic species
through the necessary technical expertise and funding resources.
- Identify and promote coordinated research to increase
knowledge and awareness about invasive plant biology, ecology, and management
options and ecosystem restoration.