Invasive species are plants and animals not native to B.C. or are outside their natural distribution area. They can spread rapidly, outcompete and predate on native species, dominate natural and managed areas, and alter biological communities. Invasive species can negatively impact B.C.'s environment, people and economy.
Free from their natural enemies and other constraints that keep them in check in their native ranges,
Invasive species are recognized globally as the second greatest threat to biodiversity after direct habitat loss due to humans.
- Read the indicator reports on the status of invasive species in B.C.
- Learn about species and ecosystems at risk
By monitoring and taking action we can eliminate new invasive species introductions while populations are still localized and relatively small.
Learn more about invasive:
- Amphibians & Reptiles
- Insects & Spiders
- Invertebrates Other than Insects & Spiders
Invasive Species & Industry in B.C.
Highway maintenance and construction contractors must manage invasive species at the roadside.
Invasive species affect agriculture by competing for available space and food, or by directly attacking native species, crops or landscape plants.
Invasive forest pests include insects and diseases that threaten the health of forest ecosystems.
Invasive Species in B.C. Parks
BC Parks staff, volunteers and contractors can get best management practice advice for various activities in parks and protected areas.