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Eurasian Water Milfoil

Fragrant Waterlilly

Himalayan Balsam

Knotweed Stems

Yellow Flag Iris

Zebra Mussels

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Revelstoke, BC

Invasive Species in the Columbia
Shuswap Region

By: Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society   


What are invasive Species? Why should we care?

Invasive species are plants, animals or other organisms that are not native to BC and have a negative impact on the environment, society or the economy. They threaten biodiversity by overwhelming native species, damaging habitat, disrupting food sources and introducing parasites and disease. Invasive species affect the economy by reducing grazing land and crop yields and costing millions of dollars in damage control. They can impact property values and limit recreation opportunities by making trails impassable and restricting boating access.

Most invasive species are unintentionally introduced through human activities. Each of us has a part to play in preventing and controlling their spread.

Learn more about invasive species in the Columbia Shuswap at:

A list of provincially and regionally noxious species can be found at

For further information please visit:

How Can you Help Prevent the spread?

Practice CLEAN DRAIN DRY when boating.

  • CLEAN off all plant parts, animals, and mud from boat and equipment (e.g. boots, waders, fishing gear). Use power wash station if available.
  • DRAIN onto land all items that can hold water (e.g. buckets, wells, bilge, and ballast).
  • DRY all items completely before launching into another body of water.
Always PLAY CLEAN GO when using trails.
  • REMOVE plants, animals & mud from boots, gear, pets, & vehicle.
  • CLEAN your gear before entering & leaving the recreation site.
  • STAY on designated roads & trails.
Be PLANTWISE when gardening.
  • LEARN to identify common invasive garden plants.
  • CHOOSE native or non-invasive alternatives.
  • DISPOSE of invasive plants by bagging them and depositing in household waste (invasive plants are free to dispose of at the landfill in household waste). Do not compost invasives.
Some pets can become invasive, make sure you DON'T LET IT LOOSE.
  • CHOOSE your pet carefully, avoid invasive species.
  • ENSURE you can look after your pet for all its life.
  • REHOME or return your pet if circumstances mean you cannot keep it.
REPORT invasive species to CSISS or through the REPORT INVASIVES BC app.

Who are the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS)?

The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society is a network of partners who facilitate the prevention, reduction and management of invasive species through collaboration, engagement, and education.

Contact CSISS and For More Information

      Toll free number: 1-855-PUL-WEED (785 9333)

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