New Invasive Species White Paper

The Invasive Species Council of British Columbia’s (ISCBC) Local Government Network provides coordination, dialogue, resources, and other opportunities for local governments working on invasive species management. Supported by the ISCBC’s Local Government Network, local government staff from across the province have collaborated to produce an Invasive Species White Paper – Call to Action.

The White Paper is aimed at garnering elected official support for the appropriate commitment of resources to reduce the risks and impacts posed by invasive species.  The impacts of invasive species are far reaching as they affect infrastructure, human health & safety, and biodiversity. Key examples of invasive species that cause significant impacts to infrastructure, human health & safety, and biodiversity are: Japanese Knotweed, Giant hogweed, European fire ants, and wild parsnip.

The White Paper asks local government elected officials and staff a series of questions designed to help assess their readiness to take action against invasive species.  Please contact the ISCBC local government representatives, below, for more information on local government species management.

Lesley Douglas, General Manager, Environment and Parks, City of Port Moody

Nadia Chan, Manager, Trees and Landscapes, City of Surrey

Danielle Toperczer, Communications Manager, ISCBC

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