Helpful Links to Many BC, Canadian, US and International websites
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BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO)
FLNRO has numerous responsibilities regarding the effective management and preservation of BC's crown lands.
The Ministry's initiatives and legislation include the Forest and Range Practices Act, Forest and Range Evaluation Program, Forests for Tomorrow, Coastal Forest Action Plan, Climate Change, BC Timber Sales, and others.
The Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) governs the activities of forest and range licensees in BC, and sets the requirements for planning, road building, logging, reforestation, and grazing. FRPA maintains high levels of protection for forest values, including watersheds and wildlife habitat, while creating efficiencies for both government and industry through streamlined planning processes.
The Forest and Range Evaluation Program (FREP) vision is to be recognized worldwide as an effective monitoring program, providing benefits to generations of British Columbians through informed decision-making to achieve sustainable forest management.
BC Ministry of Environment (MOE)
MOE's vision is a clean, healthy and naturally diverse environment that enriches people's lives, now and in the future.
BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI)
MOTI is committed to opening up BC through innovative, forward-thinking transportation strategies that move people and goods safely throughout BC, while helping revitalize our provincial economy.
BC Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group (IMISWG)
The IMISWG was created in 2004 to employ science-based, innovative strategies to protect the health and diversity of BC ecosystems and minimize the negative impacts of invasive species.
Provincial & Regional Invasive Plant/Species Committees, and Regional Districts
Invasive Species Council of BC
Extensive website of the provincial invasive plant council, with information on management, education, etc. Offers downloads of a variety of educational pamphlets and presentations.
- Coastal Invasive Species Committee
The CISC covers the geographic areas of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Regional Districts of Powell River, Strathcona, and Mount Waddington, occurring on the Mainland Coast.
- Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver
The ISCMV covers all lands within the Metro Vancouver Regional District.
- Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council
The FVIPP covers the boundaries inclusive in the Fraser Valley Regional District, from east of Hope to west of Abbotsford/Mission, and north to Skatin and Lil’wat territory. Adjacent communities may also be included in the FVIPP where invasive plant infestations are observed.
- Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council
SSISC covers all lands in the Sea to Sky Corridor from Lions Bay to height of land on the Duffy Lake Road (Hwy 99).
- Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society.
LRISS covers all lands within electoral areas A and B of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, including the northern extent of the Cascades Forest District.
- Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society
OASISS covers all lands within the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), including the municipalities of Summerland, Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Princeton.
- Boundary Invasive Species Society
BISS covers all lands within the Kettle River Drainage; the Boundary portion of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.
- Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee
CKIPC covers the Central Kootenay Regional District and areas A & B of the Kootenay Boundary Regional District from the Paulson Summit East.
- East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council
EKIPC covers all land within the Regional District of East Kootenay.
- Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
CSISS covers all land within the Regional District of Columbia Shuswap.
- North Okanagan Regional District (NORD)
- Central Okanagan Regional District
- Southern Interior Weed Management Committee
The SIWMC covers the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, with an area of 45,279 square kilometers. It includes ten municipalities (Ashcroft, Barriere, Cache Creek, Chase, Clearwater, Clinton, Kamloops, Logan Lake, Lytton and Merritt) as well as ten electoral areas.
- Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee
The CCCIPC covers the Cariboo Regional District and the Central Coast Regional District. This ranges from Hixon north of Quesnel, south to 70 Mile House, east to Wells Grey Park, and west to the Pacific Ocean.
- North-West Invasive Plant Council
The NWIPC covers four regional districts: Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser Fort George, Kitimat-Stikine, and Skeena Queen Charlotte; the Stikine Region adjacent to the Yukon border, and all municipalities within these regions.
- Peace River Regional District
- Fort Nelson Invasive Plant Management Committee
The FNIPMC covers all areas within the Northern Rockies RegionalMunicipality boundary and is approximately 85,000 square km.
- Alberta Invasive Plants Council
The AIPC was formed in 2004 to address the lack of coordination and understanding associated with invasive plants within the province of Alberta. Like the ISC, the AIPC is a not-for-profit association of professionals from federal, provincial, municipal governments, industry and non-government organizations.
Other in British Columbia
BC Controlled Alien Species Regulation
- The BC Wildlife Act's Controlled Alien Species Regulation controls the possession, breeding, shipping and releasing of alien animals (animals not native to B.C.) that pose a risk to the health or safety of people or the environment. The Minister of the Environment has authority to designate species as controlled alien species and to regulate these species.
BC Field Guide to Noxious & Other Selected Invasive Plants of BC
- This site offers profiles and information on 191 invasive plants, including agricultural weeds. The plant list can be searched by Scientific (Latin) name or common name.
- E-Flora BC is a biogeographic atlas of the vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, algae, fungi and slime molds of British Columbia. The site includes search features to access their species pages. This is a handy on-line encyclopedia of native, alien, and invasive plants in BC.
- E-Fauna BC is a biographic atlas of nearly all wildlife species in British Columbia. The search feature lets you browse everything from amphibians to turbellarians, including all vertebrates.
Integrated Vegetation Management Association of BC (IVMA)
- The IVMA is a professional organization dedicated to the responsible practice of all aspects of vegetation management working for and providing information to its members in British Columbia and across Canada.
Invasive Alien Plant Program
- An introduction to the Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) database and mapping application. This page contains links to the web-based IAPP database (if you have data entry privileges to the database), the Map Display and Report-a-Weed tools (as listed below in the 'Report-a-Weed on-line application link).
Invasive Species Council of BC
- Extensive website of the provincial invasive species council, with information on management, education, etc. Offers downloads of a large variety of educational pamphlets, presentations and their TIPS sheets.
Report-A-Weed on-line application
Report-A-Weed smartphone apps
- Information on the mobile Report-a-Weed BC app, which is available free of charge for iPhone and Android platforms. Users can report weed sightings anywhere in BC, in a few simple steps. Reports go to one of BC's invasive plant specialists, who coordinate follow-up activities with the appropriate local authorities. The page includes download links for iPhone and Android.
Reporting Tsunami debris
- This Ministry of Environment offers some useful contacts and links in case you sight any debris on BC's coast that might be the result of the March 2011 Tsunami in Japan, including a pamphlet on What to do when you find Tsunami debris.
Royal BC Museum
- The RBCM botany collection is one of the two largest reference collections of BC plants in the world and is frequently visited by researchers, consultants, government biologists, students, and interested members of the public. Find out more about the botanical history and collections that make BC so unique!
- This site currently offers 80 invasive plant profiles. Features science-based identification, management and impact information. Please note that this site is in the process of being expanded and updated.
The Bug Guide
- This site features extensive information, identification, and images for insects, spiders and their kin for both Canada and the United States.
Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network
- The Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network was established with the goal of identifying and quantifying the vectors and pathways by which aquatic invasive species (AIS) enter Canada, determining factors that affect their colonization success, and developing risk assessment models for potential and existing AIS.
Canadian Council on Invasive Species
- The Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) works collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to support actions and information that can help reduce the threat and impacts of invasive species.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
- The Canadian government's Invasive Species page. Contains links to Plant Protection, Invasive Plants, Biosecurity, Insects and more.
Centre of Expertise for Aquatic Risk Assessment (CEARA)
- Department of Fisheries and Oceans page with extensive information, background and detail on the process of estimating the risk presented by a hazard, in either qualitative or quantitative terms, to aquatic ecosystems, fisheries resources, fish habitat, and aquaculture that DFO is mandated to manage and protect.
Evergreen - Native Plants and Invasive Species
- This site features a searchable native plant database as an easy-to-use resource for gardeners across Canada.
Forest Invasive Alien Species (FIAS)
- This is Environment Canada's home page for all matters relating to invasive alien species in Canada's forests. Includes links to databases, a document library, and lists of species established and species undesired in Canada.
Hinterland Who's Who
- This is where you'll find an incredibly wide range of information on a wide range of species in Canada, from coast to coast, including those that are at risk.
Invasive Alien Species in Canada
- This is Environment Canada's home page for invasive alien species in Canada. Includes links to the Invasive Alien Species Strategy for Canada, the Invasive Alien Species Partnership Program, and more.
- This "On-Line Encyclopedia of Life" is an authoritative source for information on more than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada. Explorer includes particularly in-depth coverage for rare and endangered species.
- Maintained by Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, this is Canada's on-line weed information and identification resource, with an illustrated database featuring 139 weeds, categorized into 45 families and 20 subcategories.
100th Meridian Initiative
- The 100th Meridian Initiative is a cooperative effort between local, state, provincial, regional and federal agencies to prevent the westward spread of zebra/quagga mussels and other aquatic nuisance species in North America.
Center for Invasive Species Management - CISM
- CISM's mission is to promote ecologically sound management of invasive species in western North America by sponsoring research, conducting public education, and facilitating collaboration and communication among researchers, educators, policy makers, natural resource managers, and the concerned public.
- This page provides a precise search tool for a plant by its botanical or common name. Search fields include Family, Genus, Species, Cultivar, Hybridizer, Orchid Grex or Clonal name.
Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
- The Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States is a collaborative project between the National Park Service, the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The purpose of the Atlas is to assist users with identification, early detection, prevention, and management of invasive plants.
National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species
- Established in 2003, the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) is a national partnership of several major environmental organizations that provides a united expert and scientific voice on invasive species policy.
Nature Conservancy - iMap Invasives
- Nature Conservancy's Invasive Plant Gallery and Database.
North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO)
- Regional Plant Protection Organization which coordinates the efforts among Canada, the US and Mexico to protect their plant resources from the entry, establishment and spread of regulated plant pests, while facilitating trade.
PNWER Invasive Species Working Group
- The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Foundation is a statutory public / private nonprofit created in 1991 by the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington, the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
University of California - CalPhotos: Plants
- This searchable database accesses 219,648 images of plants. There are also links to similar image databases for animals, fungi, landscapes and habitats, and people & culture.
University of Montana - Invaders Database System
- Invaders Database System - focuses on five states in the Northwestern United States.
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
- GRIN Taxonomy for Plants. In GRIN Taxonomy for Plants all families and genera of vascular plants and 51,876 species from throughout the world are represented, especially economic plants and their relatives. Information on scientific and common names, classification, distribution, references, and economic impacts are provided. Contains search feature, and many links to other scientific research sites.
USDA - National Agricultural Library
- National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC): Gateway to invasive species information; covering Federal, State, local, and international sources.
USDA - Forest Service Invasive Species Program
- This site is a portal to the USDA Forest Service invasive species information and related management and research activities across the agency. The goal of the program is to reduce, minimize, or eliminate the potential for introduction, establishment, spread, and impact of invasive species across all landscapes and ownerships. The Invasive Species Program integrates many divisions of the agency.
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service | Home Page
- The home of the PLANTS Database, which provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service - Noxious Weed lists
- Go directly to this USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service page for Federal and State Noxious Weed Lists, and a database of Weeds of the U.S. searchable by Scientific and common names.
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service | Plant Image Gallery
- Searchable invasive plants image gallery & database. The PLANTS Gallery emphasizes photos and line drawings of U.S. plants but also contains many cultivated or foreign taxa.
Weed Science Society of America
- WSSA is a non-profit professional society. Their site provides information on research, education, and extension outreach activities related to weeds and their impacts on managed and natural ecosystems.
MarLIN | The Marine Life Information Network
- MarLIN is a comprehensive resource of information about the marine environment of the British Isles. It is the largest review of the effects of human activities and natural events on marine species and habitats yet undertaken. This link takes you to their Biodiversity and Conservation page, with taxonomy descriptions.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
- TNC is an international organization. Their site contains scientific information, news, discussions, publications and more.
Global Compendium of Weeds
- The Global Compendium of Weeds is a list of plant species (over 28,000 names) that have been cited in specific references (approximately 1,000) as weeds. An expert has assessed the status of the weed based on its context in each document. Sometimes, additional information--such as native range, whether the plant has reported medical/herbal uses, etc.--is included when available.
Global Invasive Species Database
- The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. The GISD focuses on invasive alien species that threaten native biodiversity and natural ecosystems and covers all taxonomic groups from micro-organisms to animals and plants in all ecosystems. Species information is either supplied by or reviewed by expert contributors from around the world.
- Invasipedia houses information on invasive plants, animals, and pathogens, and especially how to best manage them. Its foundation is the large amount of species management information developed by the Nature Conservancy's Global Invasive Species Team. It is now supported by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health as part of the BugwoodWiki.
The Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
- The Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) aims to reduce threats to natural ecosystems and the native species they contain by increasing awareness of invasive alien species, and of ways to prevent, control or eradicate them.
"Healthy, functioning BC ecosystems, free of the impacts of invasive plants."