Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group

Priority Invasive Species

The Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group analyzes the risk of proposed candidates for EDRR. Currently 23 species are being managed under the provincial EDRR Program.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has evaluated more than 320 terrestrial and aquatic plant species to determine likelihood of occurrence, establishment, spread and which pose the greatest threat to BC's environment, economy and human health. Species evaluations are ongoing and management recommendations updated as required. Currently 45 plant species are candidates for Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR), and an additional 109 species are recommended for other levels of management.

It is important to note that there are many other groups doing important work specific to a region. This province-wide list represents the top threats from all categories of species - plants, animals, insects and other.



little brown bat with white-nose syndrome

Wildlife Diseases

Recently a bat in Washington was discovered suffering from White-nose Syndrome. For more information on this devastating invasive animal disease, please view this factsheet. A fire salamander with Bsal ulcerations



It isn't yet a confirmed fungus in BC, but there is great concern about this Bsal Chytrid Disease.
For more information on this fungus that causes ulcerations on the skin of salamanders and newts, please view this factsheet.


Invasive species categories

Click one of the invasive species categories below to view the factsheets currently available in each category. More factsheets are added on a regular basis, as they become available.


Proposed Prohibited Noxious Weeds for BC: pdf file - Excel file.


To find an individual species in the gallery below, click the Initial letter of the species name:

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