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Lower Mainland Green Teams
What are invasive plants?
Invasive plant species are non-native species that have been introduced from other countries or other regions in Canada that have a negative effect on the environment, the economy, and society
How are invasive plants introduced?

Invasive plants have been introduced through both intentional and unintentional pathways. These include:

Intentional introduction as an ornamental plant or agricultural crop
Intentional introduction for research purposes
Unintentional introduction as a contaminant in other plant products or livestock
Unintentional introduction through travel

Examples of Invasive Species in the Lower Mainland

History of Invasive Species
Question 1
All of these plants grow in BC. Which one of the following is the invasive species?

Salmonberry Deer Fern Giant Hogweed

Japanese Water Iris Wild Celery
Question 2
What is one reason why invasive species are hard to control?
Question 3
Green Teams of Canada
Economic Implications of Invasive Species
Price tag
Our Stories
Thank you for listening!
Canada has 486 invasive plants

368 of them are present in BC, which has the third highest number of invasive plant species in Canada

Environmental and Socio-economic Consequences of Invasive Species
Threat to biodiversity - formation of a “monotype community”
Loss or physical alteration of habitat
Potential extinction of native plant and animal species
Soil erosion and alteration of soil chemistry
Impact on human health and recreation
Large economic cost for control and eradication

Why are Invasive Plants so Hard to Control?
Usually have very high reproduction rates
Have few natural predators and are not vulnerable to disease (these are two major factors that control the balance of native plant and animal populations)
Most have the ability to survive in diverse habitats, allowing them to thrive in the region they invade

Present Day
Our milestones
We Are Now
Our Work
Why We Do It
The largest environmental volunteer group in British Columbia, with branches in Victoria and the Lower Mainland.
Lower Mainland Green Teams is founded!
We are awarded Nature Vancouver's Frank Sanford Award for Community Service and named Earth Day Canada's Hometown Heroes.

Tne Greater Victoria Green Team is created!
Contributed 30,000 volunteer hours altogether!
Answer questions for prizes!
Community Gardening!
Question 4
Question 5
Question 6
Answers can include:
Improves quality of life
Improves food security
Improves community engagement
Name two ways community gardens benefit the community
Anything that's legal and supported by the local climate!
What can you grow in a community garden?

Increase connection to nature
The journeys which led us to environmental activism and
Green Teams...
How much is spent every year on repairing the damage caused by invasive species throughout the world?
1.4 trillion (5% of world's GDP)
Usually have very high reproduction rates
Have few natural predators and are not vulnerable to disease (these are two major factors that control the balance of native plant and animal populations)
Most have the ability to survive in diverse habitats, allowing them to thrive in the region they invade

Giant Hogweed

• Removed 88,000lbs and 3,500 cubic meters of invasive plants
• Planted 17,590 native species
• Removed 5,525 lbs of garbage from shorelines
• Worked in Garry Oak Ecosystems and in ecosystems with Species-At-Risk like Western Painted Turtles & Oregon Spotted Frog
Our impact in numbers
Removing Invasive Species
Planting Native Species
Raise awareness and educate about environmental issues
Foster a sense of belonging and empowerment
Engage young Canadians in environmental action
Restore ecosystems and increase biodiversity
Promote responsible environmental behaviour
Our Impact on Places
Our beginnings
Our story started in a Surrey basement in 2010....
Our founder, Lyda, wanted a way to connect people to nature.
She had no initial funding, no organizational support---just an idea of showing people they can make a real impact in their local ecosystems.
She went out and bought some shovels and gloves...
She created a page on meetup.com and invited volunteers to join her...
She went to the parks staff of the Lower Mainland and asked if she could go into local parks with volunteers to remove invasive species, collect litter, plant trees...
They said yes!
The first event was held in March, at Campbell Regional ParK.

And the Lower Mainland Green Team was born.
23 volunteers showed up!
Planting at
Hoy Creek!
Species planted included: red osier dogwood, Indian Plum, red alder, and many more!
Pulling himalayan blackberry at James Anderson Park!
Removing Garbage
After years of hardwork, persistence, and passion...
Caring for Educational Farms
Our work and bounty at Loutet Farm! We harvested tomatoes and squash.
Our shoreline cleanup at Blackie Spit!
The Green Teams of Canada charity is established!
The Greater Victoria Green Team wins the Vancity Social Innovation Award!
425 Events

local awards
Environmental Volunteers
events in
Introductions to parks
Introductions to stewardship activities
What is the most visible effect of invasives?
Changing ecosystem composition!
Fostered 100 relationships with 100 collaborators
Made 60 media appearrances!
Promoted environmentally responsible behaviour!
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