Monthly Archives: August 2017

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SAVE THE DATE – CSISS AGM and BULLFROG talk:

September 14th, 12pm-2pm, including Bullfrog guest speaker. Location of AGM: Revelstoke Library Meeting Room, 605 Campbell Road, Revelstoke. To register for our AGM, please email: info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

Bullfrog Alert and Monitoring:
CSISS will be doing some bullfrog baseline eDNA monitoring within the North Columbia this fall. Currently there are no known populations within the CSRD. Learn more about bullfrogs on our website. If you see or hear signs of a bullfrog, please report to Frogwatch BC or if it’s within the Columbia Shuswap please send us a report online.

We are looking for Board Directors! If you’re interested or want to learn more, please email: rhooper@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

PLAY CLEAN GO on the trails!

CSISS is excited to be partnering with regional recreational groups, Rec Sites and Trails, industry representatives and others to promote Play Clean Go on the trails and at trail events. Watch for new signage and boot/bike brushes going up at trailheads near you! Set up a cleaning station at trails events to keep our trails invasives-free, contact us to learn more.

Whether walking, hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or OHV, it’s important to make sure you don’t accidentally move invasive species from place to place. Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent the spread of invasive species.

1. Come clean

Before leaving home, take a little time to inspect and remove dirt, plants, and bugs from clothing, boots, gear, pets, and vehicles.

2. Stay on designated trails

Stay on the designated trail when walking, hiking, running, biking, or riding your horse or OHV.

3. Leave clean

Before leaving, inspect your belongings and remove any dirt, plants, or bugs. Invasive plant seeds can be stuck on you, your pets, or equipment. Likewise, pests that attack trees can hide in firewood that you bring home. Weed seeds in infested hay can be blown offsite as you move down the road or left behind in animal waste.

Deadline approaching!

BC Invasives Short Video Contest deadline is August 31st!

PAST EVENTS:

A Successful Workshop!

July 27th 2017

Participants helped demonstrate how to take levels as part of designing a wetland system.

Participants helped demonstrate how to take levels as part of designing a wetland system.

Wetland Restoration and Invasive Species Workshop:

The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society hosted a one day free wetland restoration and invasive species workshop with the BC Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Columbia Mountains Institute. The workshop dovetailed the Columbia Mountain’s Institute Wetland Plant ID course. This workshop provided an overview of steps involved in restoring a wetland, including site selection, design considerations, and permitting requirements.The presentation also shared examples of wetland restoration in the context of managing invasive species, some of the successes and some of the challenges in BC. Following morning presentations, the participants travelled to a site to receive hands-on training in wetland restoration design.

Learning the planning process for wetland restoration

Learning the planning process for wetland restoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIOBLITZ 150

BioBlitz 150 was held on 5th and 6th of August at Mt MacPherson’s Beaver Lake.  The BioBlitz cataloged species of plants and animals across the country with teams of experts and interested citizens.  The Revelstoke team (including the CSISS staff) blitzed the biology of this unique area.

North Columbia Environmental Society is coordinating the BioBlitz 150 event
North Columbia Environmental Society coordinated the BioBlitz 150 event

Thank you to our volunteers and community

A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers that came out for

1) White Lake Yellow Flag Iris community weed pull

2) Gardom Lake Yellow Flag Iris community weed pull

3) RBC Day of Service and Selkirk Saddle Club Himalayan Balsam community weed pulls in Revelstoke

4) RBC Day of Service Yellow Flag Iris at Turner Creek weed pull

5) Martha Creek Beach community weed pull

6) Wildsight Golden’s weed pulls

7) Attending our many outreach events, like the Invasive & Natural Plant Walk hosted by North Columbia Environmental Society!

NOMINATE VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION AWARDS TO BE GIVEN OUT AT  THE CSISS AGM IN SEPTEMBER. TO NOMINATE A VOLUNTEER please email: info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

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Members of RBC Revelstoke helped pull Himalayan Balsam

Members of RBC Revelstoke helped pull Himalayan Balsam

Happy to have removed Himalayan Balsam from near the Selkirk Saddle Club grounds!

Happy to have removed Himalayan Balsam from near the Selkirk Saddle Club grounds!

The RBC team from Salmon Arm removed masses of yellow flag iris from Turner creek

The RBC team from Salmon Arm removed masses of yellow flag iris from Turner creek