IAPP help and FAQs

Having trouble with Map Display or its Report-A-Weed function?

The highlight queries -, the interactive tools that let you highlight specific invasive plant species, and biological or chemical treatments, all utilize Javascript. This may block the highlight function, or pop up blank screens on your computer depending on which security settings are enabled.
The Internet Settings Guide (PDF, 322KB) will help you customize your Internet Tools settings in order to prevent those unwanted blank screens, and will also enable the display of the Map Display Highlight queries.
Regardless of the implementation of these settings, users should always ensure an up-to-date anti-virus application is active at all times.

Your browser's blocking of Javascript may result in having to run your Extracts repeatedly. The same Internet Settings Guide (PDF, 322KB) used above will likely clear up this issue.
If you use a browser other than Internet Explorer, such as Mozilla Firefox, you may experience annoying glitches when using Map Display. This also results from Firefox blocking the Javascript necessary to communicate with your computer. Users with a PC are urged to use Internet Explorer as their browser.

For inquires or help with the IAPP application, please contact: invasive.plants@gov.bc.ca

We have conducted hands-on IAPP training sessions around the province since the inception of IAPP in 2005. For details on hosting such a session, please visit our  Invasive Alien Plant Program Database Page

Access to the IAPP application requires either an IDIR for provincial government staff or a business BCeID for all other users. Please visit our  Invasive Alien Plant Program Database Page for more information on how to request access to IAPP.


IAPP database user levels

There are three levels of access in IAPP:

  • Viewer -  you will have authorization to view data in IAPP
  • Data entry - you will have authorization to view and enter data, edit records you create, and extract data
  • Program manager - you will have authorization to view and enter data, edit records your organization creates, extract data, and run summary reports

For further details please see the  IAPP training presentation.

Data records can be entered into IAPP one by one or in a batch of 200 or less records. For guidance on how to enter single data records please see the IAPP training presentation, and for guidance on how to batch upload many records at once please visit the Batch Loader page.

To request an invasive plant addition to IAPP visit the Invasive Alien Plant Program Database Page. 

To ensure that the data collected in the field is sufficient and of the correct type for entry into the IAPP database, we have created a set of default forms which may be downloaded and printed. Use of these forms is described in detail in the Reference Guide Part I.

The IAPP Site layer as it displays in Map Display - and where it replicates every 24 hours - is available for download  from the DataBC Catalogue to anyone who has a BCeID or an IDIR.

Login to DataBC then search for the Invasive Alien Plant Site. Click on the layer and download as a shapefile or KML.

Note: If the IAPP site layer or related IAPP data are published in reports, printed on maps, or placed on a website, IAPP must be credited as the source, and the date of download must be provided to indicate the date to which the information is current.

If you are unable to find what you are looking for please contact invasive.plants@gov.bc.ca for further assistance.