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Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) Application Training

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), in partnership with the Invasive Species Council of BC and Regional Weed Committees around the province, continues to offer free, one-day workshops that focus on:

  • correctly gathering data in the field,
  • correctly entering data for various activity record types,
  • returning the desired information to you by running the right extracts,
  • gaining optimum benefit from using Map Display

If a plant identification section is desired, and someone is available locally to provide this, that can be included into the agenda.
To qualify for a free workshop, a minimum of 10 participants must be registered; in order to receive quality training with adequate attention for everyone, these sessions are limited to a maximum of 20 participants.
The IAPP training modules deliver both a lecture component and hands-on experience for participants. Most of the training materials are listed below.

If you wish to organize or attend an IAPP training session, contact the ISCBC, your regional Weed Committee, or email the MFLNRO trainer directly to enquire about available times in your area.

iPad forms available now

IAPP Field Forms app Now Available

IAPP Field Forms app - for iPad only

Download the IAPP Field Forms app for iPad now from the app store.

The IAPP Training Materials

IAPP Training materials are updated regularly, and are listed here for viewing or download:

The in-class materials and PowerPoint presentations:
  1. The 2013 in-class slide presentation EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO GET STARTED. A large document, but it contains lots of information - including the new features that were introduced in May 2013! (100 slides - pdf document, 11 MB)
  2. The '2013 Enhancements Only' presentation If you already are an experience IAPP users, this is all you need to know to get you up to date on the many new features that were introduced in May of 2013. (51 slides - pdf document, 6 MB)
  3. Structure of the IAPP data entry module, the techie and non-techie version
    (2 pages - pdf document, 2.2MB)
  4. NEW - The new features and fixes for the July 2014 IAPP maintenance release V1.7.6
  5. Visual representation of data entry flow (1 page - pdf document, 260KB)
  6. Introduction to the UTM coordinate system (2 pages - pdf document, 644KB)
  7. Quick guide to estimating areas in Ha. (1 page - pdf document, 13KB)
  8. Some of the more commonly used IAPP codes (3 pages - pdf document, 292KB)

The IAPP Plant List and Map Display information:
  1. The complete IAPP plant list in Excel sheet format so you can sort as desired. All 223 plants listed as of September 2015, with columns for Genus Code, Species Code, Scientific name, Common name, and Map Label. (Excel spreadsheet)
  2. Map label legend, the list of 2-letter codes used in Map Display. (5 pages, pdf document, 31KB)
  3. Visual overview of the 4 containment lines in IAPP. Includes location UTMs and zoom levels for easy location of the Marsh plume thistle, Field scabious, Common tansy, and Blueweed containment lines in IAPP as of 2011. (6 pages - pdf document, 1MB)

About Extracts and Data Analysis:
  1. All Extracts Output Fields A matrix listing the output columns for all 11 IAPP extracts. This is helpful for determining which extract you need to run for the data you are after. (1 page, 11 x 17 pdf document, 145KB)
  2. A listing of all 11 available extracts Briefly explains the criteria and use for each extract and lists all the output colums (11 pages - pdf document, 705KB)
  3. Create data analysis, summaries and charts from extracts Step by step directions on creating data summaries and charts from IAPP extracts using the pivot table tool in Excel (5 pages - pdf document, 948KB)
  4. Create custom summaries and charts This document builds on the expertise gained in the previous document and shows how to create charts and illustrations based on IAPP extracts and/or reports (4 pages - pdf document, 840KB)

Additional information:
  1. Benefits of a relational database versus spreadsheets, and how to enter Site, Survey and Treatment data into IAPP! (4 pages - pdf document, 516KB)
  2. Describing ecosystems in the field. The publication from which the distribution and density codes were adopted. (231 pages - pdf document, 13MB)


"Healthy, functioning BC ecosystems, free of the impacts of invasive plants."