The Invasive Plant Core Ranking Process is a tool that will help land managers make invasive plant management decisions. The intent of the tool is to assist land managers in the identification of
- invasive plants that should be actively managed, and
- invasive plants that should be watched.
The Invasive Plant Core Ranking Process is publicly available but has primarily been developed for use by regional invasive plant committees, agencies (private and government), non-government organizations and professionals. It is expected that those using this process have a background in invasive plant management, and a basic knowledge of invasive plant biology and ecology.
The Core Ranking Process can be used at all scales - provincial, regional or individual land parcels - but is most applicable at the regional scale, such as regional districts, invasive plant committee regions or the regions of the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment, Transportation & Infrastructure, or Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations.
The ranking process will give a relative ranking that is replicable within a specific land base, and will help land managers identify the top three, five or ten species for management based on their available resources. Although it can be used by individuals, prioritizing regional species should be completed by a group familiar with invasive plants and the region.
The Invasive Plant Core Ranking Process will identify a species that is new or extremely limited in the management area, but it is not yet linked to an Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) protocol.
Invasive plant species that are new to a management area should be reported to a Provincial Invasive Plant Specialist.
Provincial and regional invasive plant specialists are located in the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations. New species can also be reported online via the Report a Weed tool, in the Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP).
Some land managers may wish to add supplemental criteria to meet specific objectives and needs. Examples of potential supplemental criteria have been drafted; however, they are still under development and will be finalized pending future funding.
For more information on supplemental criteria, please contact the IPCBC or the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations.