Are you a mountain biker? Do you love to hike? Do you take your dog out on nature strolls? Did you know these actions may be spreading invasive species! If you care about preserving our vibrant trail system we encourage you to come to our Play Clean Go Love your Trails Day . The event will take place outside rain or shine at the Davies Street Park in Nelson on Saturday May 25,2019 from 10 am - 1 pm. During the event we will teach you simple actions you can take to protect our trails from the harmful impacts of invasive species.
Activities will include:
Bike maintenance/cleaning workshop with Gerick Cycle & Ski
We Can Teach You How to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species During Invasive Species Action Month in May
To get British Columbians active in preventing and stopping the spread of harmful invasive species, the BC government has officially declared the entire month of May as Invasive Species Action Month for the fourth year running. The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) will be coordinating a variety of local events, training workshops and community weed pulls in order to spread the word and not the weeds!
Click on the date to find out more about the above events!
Attention Teachers and Youth Group Leaders!
Win $350 for a group field trip by entering this contest.
Throughout May 2019, during Invasive Species Action Month, we challenge you to enter the “What's in my Back Yard?” Photo Contest. Taking part is simple and you could win up to $350 for your youth group or class.
As a youth group or class, spot and photograph as many invasive species in your local area and either post your photos on social media using #BCinvasivescontest or enter using the online form below. Enter as many photos as possible for the chance to win. The group with the most photos will win $350 for a group field trip and the runner-up group will win $200 towards a field trip
Broom bashers in Castlegar kick off the CKISS outreach season!
A small but mighty army of volunteers from Selkirk College’s Adult Special Education (ASE) program helped CKISS remove invasive scotch broom on April 16, 2019. CKISS has been hosting community weed pulls at the scotch broom infestation located by the Kootenay Gallery for the past three years and are seeing fewer plants every year! Click here to read more.
If you have a group that is interested in participating in a community weed pull please contact the CKISS Education Coordinator Laurie Frankcom. You can find her contact details on the CKISS team page on our website.
CKISS welcomes two new team members!
We are excited to welcome Angela Beaton and Chanel Gagnon to the CKISS team. They are filling the role of Invasive Species Technicians for the upcoming field season. They will be assisting CKISS with our Operations and Education programs. Their responsibilities include manual treatment of invasive plants, assisting with youth field trips and hosting the CKISS outreach booth at community events. We asked Angela and Chanel to tell us a little bit about themselves and this is what they told us.
"My love and passion for nature and the outdoors began on Vancouver Island just outside of Miracle Beach Provincial Park where I was born and raised. Throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have spent a great deal of time outdoors on the water and in the mountains. I enjoy skiing, hiking, climbing, camping, paddling, and more-or-less adventuring around in any way that I can. I recently graduated from the Integrated Environmental Planning Program at Selkirk College in Castlegar, which is where I had been living prior to moving to Nelson this spring. During the past two years of my environmental studies, my appreciation, passion and drive to better understand the natural world solidified. I plan to continue my studies in the future in the environmental field to further my understanding of geomorphology, hydrology, biodiversity, ecosystem functions and integrated land-use and management."
"I have recently completed my Bachelor degree in Natural Resource Science at Thompson Rivers University, where I was exploring my passion for science and the environment. I was born and raised in Kamloops B.C., and I have lived and worked throughout the southern portion of the province. I am fortunate to have spent a great deal of time outdoors during my life; this has fostered in me a strong connection to the land and an appreciation for the natural world. This influenced my decision to go back to school, having an innate interest in how are natural resources are managed, lead me into the Natural Resource Science program. I am enthusiastic about deepening my understanding of the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem functions and integrated land-use. When I’m not studying, or working, you can often find me in the mountains, whether it’s on two feet, skis or wheels; rock climbing, road tripping, tour cycling, and pot-lucking with friends."
Invasive Plant Profile: Blue Weed
Native to Europe.
Biennial or short lived perennial.
Blue flowers on upper part of stalk.
Small stiff/sharp hairs on stem and leaves.
Likes dry, rocky and/or shallow soils.
Invades rangelands and pastures, impacting livestock.
Contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can be toxic to horses and cattle when ingested.
Seeds can contaminate clover and other crop seeds.
Known host for several plant diseases spread by aphids including alfalfa mosaic virus and tobacco mosaic virus.
When hand pulling this plant wear thick gloves....the stiff hairs on the stems feel like fibre glass.