Welcome to the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society

British Columbia is the most ecologically diverse province in Canada making the Central Kootenays a beautiful place to work, live and play. The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) strive to keep our lakes pristine, forests lush, mountains healthy and economies thriving through education and managing invasive species in an effecive way.

What are Invasive Species? 

  • Purple loosestrifeInvasive species are non-native plants and animals that become well established because they do not have any natural predators or controls.
  • These introduced, non-native species spread quickly and have the ability to outcompete native plant and animal species, impacting fragile ecosystems.
  • Have been introduced to Canada either intentionally or acccidently. Human behaviour is the #1 contributor to the spread of invasive species

Impacts of Invasive Species:

  • Puncturevine in dirt bike tireOutcompete native plant and animals, they are the second greatest threat to biodiversity globally
  • Worldwide the estimated damage from invasive species totals more then $1.4 trillion, this is 5% of the global economy
  • Threaten our food, drinking water, recreation opportunities and health

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