The BC government has officially proclaimed May 2017 as Invasive Species Action Month. By proclaiming Invasive Species month officially, the government is demonstrating that targeting invasive species is a priority, and that all British Columbians should become more aware of and take action against invasive species across the province.
During Invasive Species Action Month, special events and activities that are happening across our province will help all of us be more aware of invasive species so that we can take positive, prevention actions.
Read the Official Proclamation here.
Here's what you should know:
Invasive species are harmful.
The introduction or spread of invasive species threatens BC’s environment, the economy and society, including human health.
Stopping invasive species is possible if we change our behaviours.
Increased prevention, detection and improved management of invasive species can provide significant economic benefits to the province, businesses, industry, and citizens.
Government actions can help prevent the spread of invasive species in BC.
Regulation and increased funding can make a difference to control and prevent the spread of invasive species.
Learn more about how to prevent and stop the spread of invasive species in your garden, your parks and forests, your lakes, rivers and oceans, your cities, towns and your province.
Weekly Themes in May:
Each week of Invasive Species Action Month, ISCBC will highlight areas where we can take action and help prevent the spread of some of the most harmful invasive plants and animals impacting our province. Join in special events happening near you, and learn about key messages and ways to help from photos, factsheets and other resources—all about invasive species! We look forward to your participation!
Week 1: Invasive Animals - Don't Let it Loose; focus on pet & aquarium trade
Week 2: Invasive Plants - PlantWise & Grow me Instead; focus on gardeners
Week 3: Outdoor Recreation - PlayCleanGo; focus on the great outdoors
Week 4: Aquatics - Clean, Drain, Dry; focus on water enthusiasts