Invasive plants and animals are the second greatest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss. In coastal British Columbia many fragile, rare or engendered ecosystems are threatened by invasive species. Species such as Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) can inundate moist river and stream banks, out-competing native vegetation and disrupting the natural processes and functions within an ecosystem, limiting plant and animal species diversity.
The goal of the Invasive Species Project is to enhance local capacity for early detection and response to invasive species.
We will do this by:
I. Targeting primary pathways and new invaders,
II. Establishing a method of tracking early detections and responses,
III. Providing educational materials (regional specific information packages) and,
IV. Establishing monitoring & community mapping program