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IAPP Help and FAQs

Hints and Cautions

  • Having trouble with Map Display or Report-A-Weed?

    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.
    This document 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 document 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.

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IAPP Protocols

Adding a Plant Species to the IAPP Plant List

Currently IAPP has 205 plants on its drop-down list, many of which have been added at the request of our users. To streamline these requests, and keep the process as easy and fair as possible, a protocol for adding new species to the IAPP plant list was created in 2009. This simple protocol can be downloaded here and the Data Manager of any IAPP agency may submit a plant addition request to the IAPP administrator at

Adding a Containment Line to IAPP Data Entry and Map Display

An invasive plant species can become so well established over a large area that it is no longer practical to treat it in that area, and treatment efforts become focused on preventing the plant from expanding into surrounding areas. This involves the establishment of a 'containment line'; outside the containment area the species will be treated aggressively, whereas treatments within the line will be performed as resources allow.
Currently, 4 containment lines are established in IAPP, for Blueweed, Common tansy, Field scabious and Marsh plume thistle. The protocol for having containment lines approved for additional species can be downloaded here.

IAPP Training

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 IAPP Training page.

Automated Demonstrations of IAPP Application Tasks

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The following RoboDemos are short movies that demonstrate how to enter the data from the Site & Invasive Plant Inventory Record and the Chemical Treatment Record field forms into the IAPP on-line forms in the Data Entry module.

Obtaining Access to the IAPP Application

Access to the IAPP application requires either an IDIR for provincial government staff or a business BCEID for all other users.
    If you already have an IDIR or a business BCeID, please click here and use the on-line web form to apply for IAPP Data Entry module access.
    If you do not have a business BCeID, you may apply for a business BCeID here.

    Please note that the Business Accounts and/or Profile Manager (BAM) for the company needs to set the Business Preference for each user and should select "Share my business details with any e-Service in government" in the Information Sharing with Government e-Service section of their settings. He/she may contact the BCeID helpdesk for assistance at: 1 888 356-2741.

    Once you have received your BCeID, follow the step outlined above.

IAPP Field Forms

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.

Downloading the IAPP Site Layer

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

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.

GIS Data Capture Specifications

If you have created polygons for sites or treatments, and wish to have them loaded into IAPP Map Display, you can submit them as an ESRI shapefile to the IAPP Technician.