Invasive species are species that are not native to an area and have a tendency to spread aggressively and outcompete native plants and animals. Invasive species take away habitat and resources (food) from native species which are part of the natural ecosystem of an area. Removing invasive plants and replacing them with native vegetation is one of the best ways to provide better habitat for native wildlife and species at risk. The links below offer information on different invasive species and tips on controlling them.
Unsure of what plants are invasive or how to get rid of them? The Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) lists common invasive species on the South Coast and provides tips for their removal.
For information on other invasive species found throughout BC, visit the Invasive Species Council of BC. For information on the invasive species of concern on the South Coast, including regional weed management strategies and report-a-weed form, visit the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council, or the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council, respectively.
To help avoid planting common yet invasive non-native plants such as English ivy, periwinkle, or lamium, the Invasive Species Council of BC has created a guide that offers suggestions on which non-invasive plants you can plant instead. The Grow Me Instead guide comes in two forms, full length and a pocket brochure.
Check out the ISCBC's PlantWise Program for a list of nurseries and garden stores committed to selling only non-invasive plants!