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Community Weed Pull: Call for volunteers, How to become an Invasive Wise Marina, Operations Summer Progress report and much more! 
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CKISS  n'Tell

Summer 2019 
Update 

Toadfest Turns 10!!

August 21 & 22 @ Summit Lake Provincial Park

 

You are encouraged to come get your hands dirty during Toadfest and assist CKISS with a restoration project. We will have shovels and gloves on hand for you to borrow or bring your own!  Our outreach tent will be there so please come ask us your questions and grab some free resources. A big thanks to the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program for coordinating this free, fun, family event for a decade! 

For more details on the event click here

 

Attention Marinas! 

Protect your business & our water by becoming an Invasive Wise Marina.

 
Becoming an Invasive-Wise Marina involves educating others on aquatic invasive species, providing resources to staff and clients, and displaying program posters and signage. Participating marinas will be provided with an Invasive-Wise Marina welcome package containing relevant resources to support program delivery for staff, volunteers and clients.
 
To sign up for the program please contact Laurie Frankcom
lfrankcom@ckiss.ca or 1-844-352-1160 ext 208

The CKISS Outreach Booth
is Hitting the Road!

Where can you find us this summer? 

Click on the date to find out more about the above events!

CKISS Volunteer Award presented to Ruth Fraser of Nakusp


On June 10, 2019 CKISS organized a community weed pull in Nakusp BC. During the event CKISS acknowledged the recipient of the 2018 Volunteer Award, Ruth Fraser. This passionate weed puller is an asset to the Nakusp community that has been infested with scotch broom, baby’s breath and blue weed. Ruth can be spotted throughout the community with her hi-vis vest on, her signature sun hat and hand tools tackling a variety of infested sites in town. We thank her for her hard work and dedication! We hope you enjoy your new mug Ruth. 
 

Saturday August 10, 2019 –  Clean Drain Dry Day at the New Denver Public Boat Launch


The CKISS outreach booth will be set up at the New Denver boat launch on Saturday August 10 from 10:00- 2:00.  Before you enjoy a day out on Slocan Lake or upon your return we ask that you stop by and pick up some resources on Clean, Drain, Dry protocol. 

If you have a spare three minutes please take our survey and receive a free gift from CKISS as a token of our appreciation! Your feedback is valuable to us. 

New signs remind BC boaters to Clean, Drain, Dry their boat and equipment to protect our waters from aquatic invasive species


CKISS is part of a nation-wide Clean Drain Dry program being piloted in BC by the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) and the Canadian Council on Invasive Species. 

In the pilot program’s first year, the ISCBC provided 36 partners with a total of 174 new Clean Drain Dry (CDD) signs and an array of eye-catching and informative resources. Seven signs were provided to CKISS who coordinated installation at Scotties Marina in Castlegar, Beaver Creek Provincial Park in Trail, Wragge Beach Recreation site near Hills, Howser Creek Recreation Site, the New Denver Marina and the municipalities of New Denver and Kaslo.

The marinas, recreation sites and municipalities that have agreed to install the Clean, Drain, Dry signs are demonstrating dedication to maintaining the health and sustainability of BC’s waterways.  These partnerships foster increased support and public awareness for the prevention of aquatic invasive species. Thanks for collaborating with us!! 

Parks Canada implements new regulations requiring boat users to Clean,Drain, Dry their watercraft!

Parks Canada is increasing efforts to prevent aquatic invasive species (AIS) from entering and spreading in Yoho and Kootenay national parks. Beginning June 14, 2019, self-certification of all watercraft (including canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards) and fishing gear will be mandatory for all rivers, lakes and streams in Yoho and Kootenay national parks. Visitors and residents will be required to state that they have cleaned and drained their watercraft or gear of mud and water, and have allowed the item to dry for a minimum of 48 hours to be able to enter any river, lake or stream in Yoho and Kootenay national parks. Those travelling from outside of BC or AB will require a 30 day minimum drying period.  Decontamination is available from provincial inspection stations in Golden and Radium.

Click here for more details. 

 

Watercraft stations are looking for tiny invasive mussels which cause big problems.

The 2019 status report on the Provincial Mussel Defence Program was published on the program’s website.  The program’s goal is to prevent the introduction of invasive zebra and quagga mussels (ZQM) into B.C. by inspecting boats, monitoring lakes and educating the public.  Watercraft inspection stations are currently operating across the province (see map below for locations).  As of May 31, 5,500 inspections have taken place and five boats were found to be infested with the invasive mussels. 
 
2019 water craft inspection station locations. Stopping at these stations is mandatory. Failure to comply will result in a fine. 

2019 Zebra and Quagga Mussel
Monitoring Program


Lake monitoring is another aspect of the Mussel Defense Program. Next to prevention, the best tool in our toolbox is early detection.  The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) conducts plankton sampling for invasive mussels in the West and Central Kootenay region from June until mid October. This season we have partnered with the Okanagan Nation Alliance for zebra and quagga mussel monitoring on the Pend D'Oreille River. 

To date we have we have collected 116 plankton samples for veliger detection at nine high priority water bodies. Veligers are free-swimming microscopic mussel larvae that can easily hitch a ride on your watercraft and gear. Please have your boat inspected to prevent the introduction of invasive mussels into our lakes and rivers. 
 

What is going on with bullfrogs in our region?

Bullfrog surveillance and eradication work is well underway for the 2019 season. The American bullfrog is listed as one of the 100 worst alien invasive species internationally due to its adaptable, prolific, competitively exclusive, and predatory nature.  They are being observed spreading in the Creston Valley, and pose a direct threat to the endangered Northern Leopard Frog population there.

The field work for bullfrog control is now being coordinated by the Ministry Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development. (MFNLRORD) with support from CKISS. 

Field Work highlights:
  • Crews composed of MFNLRORD employees, Lower Kootenay Band members and contractors.have conducted 53 days of surveys.
  • The cooler July temperatures leads us to believe that breeding has not occurred yet. Male calling has decreased, and the throats of captured males are not yet fully coloured. Things will sure ramp up as the temperature rises. 
  • The bullfrog catch so far is 45 adult bullfrogs in total and 500 tadpoles

Report ALL Sightings:

phone : 250-354-6333
email: kootenaybullfrog@gov.bc.ca
** when reporting sightings, please note where and when you
spotted/heard it and take a photo if possible.**

This program is made possible with the support of many partners and funders! 
  • Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program for its contribution to the Northern Leopard Frog Preservation American Bullfrog Control. www.fwcp.ca
  • Columbia Basin Trust
  • Partners on the project are MFLNRO and the Ktunaxa Nation/ Yakan Nukiy Band, with funding from the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) and the Aboriginal Fund for Species At Risk (AFSAR), both through Environment and Climate Change Canada. Funding is also being provided  by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), with support from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG). 
CKISS Operations - Summer Progress Report 
  • Our field crew is hard at work, treating priority species including field scabious, purple loosestrife, blueweed and yellow flag iris.
  • To date, we have completed 1051 surveys and 81 mechanical treatments.
We are collaborating with the BC Wildlife Federation and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, to remove poison hemlock at a wetland restoration site.
Together with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, True North Forestry and Interfor, we are managing regional Early Detection Rapid Response species including marsh plume thistle.
CKISS is helping keep our communities invasive plant free and as an added bonus, is also helping Fire Smart these areas by removing highly flammable scotch broom.
Feel free to stop by and say hi when you see the CKISS truck out and about
If you see an invasive species, please contact CKISS or report the sighting using the Report-An-Invasive app.

Invasive Plant Profile: Himalayan blackberry 


Description 

  • Stiff, 5-angled stems can grow 3m tall and 12m long
  • Produce green, large, toothed leaves that are generally grouped in fives for first year stems and threes for older stems
  • Berries are black, shiny, hairless and edible
  • Flowers are small and white or pinkish with five petals and are arranged in clusters

Impacts

  • Competes with native shrubs by blotting out the sun
  • Create dense thorny thickets that impede the movement of wildlife (and humans)
  • Reduce visibility along road ways and take over stream channels and banks and roadside ditches
  • can take over our beloved trail system. OUCH!

How is it introduced? How does it spread?

  • Deliberate planting by humans for berry harvest
  • Root and stem fragment start a new plant
  • Feces of animals that eat black berries spread seeds

How can you help?

  • Be PlantWise! Choose plants that are native to the local area by Growing Me Instead! 
  • Watch for plant parts clinging to your clothing
  • Avoid having bare soil or disturbed ground on your property
  • Mow continuously throughout the year or when the plant is beginning to flower
  • Tillage or cutting combined with mowing
 
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