Invasive Species

Invasive Species are the second greatest threat to biodiversity in the World, after habitat loss. In BC, it is estimated that 25% of our endangered species are negatively impacts by invasive species.  Without efforts to prevent their spread, invasive plants will generally increase their area an average of 14% annually. This exponential rate means that populations double every five years.

The CVRD has developed a strategy for invasive plant management including a bylaw, inventory, removal of key species and a public awareness campaign. Currently, one plant, Giant Hogweed, is included in the scope of the bylaw because of the high impacts of this plant and the opportunity to test our processes before expanding to additional plants.

Be Part of the Solution

Giant Hogweed, an invasive plant, has been identified in our Region. If touched, the plant can cause skin to become severely irritated.

There is a new bylaw prohibiting the growth of Giant Hogweed in all Electoral Areas of the CVRD to protect communities from the serious health and environmental impacts of this plant.

What does Giant Hogweed look like?

Size: a large plant, growing up to 4.5–6 meters tall.
Leaves: deeply incised, stiff hairs on the underside and can exceed 2.5 m in length,
Stems: purple blotches on the stalks.
Flowers: large white “umbrella-like” flower clusters.
Giant hogweed - IPCMV
Photo courtesy of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver (ISCMV)

Report sightings of Giant Hogweed

Call the Coastal Invasive Species Committee 

For additional information, please visit

Giant hogweed - FrValleyRegDist
Photo courtesy of the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD)